Enhanced Training

Please note you will have had to have done the Talking Takes Off Workshop training to do this enhanced training below:

Using the Early Years Communication and Language Toolkit

A recorded version is also available to those who couldn’t attend the previous live sessions. Please click here to  register to view

This is your opportunity to explore the new Early Years Communication and Language Toolkit and discover how you can use it to screen and support the communication needs of the children and families you work with. You will be guided through the full contents of the toolkit, including the screening tools, and build skills in using the screening tool results to set targeted outcomes and support.

Aims of the session:

  • To explore the new Early Years Communication and Language Toolkit (find the toolkit here.)
  • For practitioners to feel confident in using the toolkit and screeners
  • For practitioners to feel confident in interpreting results of the screening tools
  • For practitioners to feel confident in putting appropriate strategies in place

Please email jessica.newton@luton.gov.uk to book on to the live session with your name and job role

Talking Takes Off (TTO) Operational Champion- Train the Trainer

The following sessions will run via ZOOM. Please email jessica.wilson@luton.gov.uk to book your place and get the joining instructions.

  • Thursday 7 October from 1pm to 3pm

The course is aimed at:

  • professionals who have completed the universal Talking Takes off Training and have an interest in becoming a Talking Takes Off Champion.

This free course aims to support you to commence your role of Talking Takes Off Champion, which will involve:

  • raising awareness as to why early years’ speech, language and communication development is so important, particularly linked to improved outcomes for children.
  • leading by example and inspiring others to get involved in developing communication and delivering the key messages around developing communication
  • delivering internal staff training, using practical resources provided by Talking Takes Off, to raise awareness so that all staff are trained in key messages, skills and behaviours.

TTO Communication Champions Role 2020 (EXPECTATIONS)

Contact jessica.newton@luton.gov.uk to book

Champion Networks

Wednesday 10th November from 1pm to 2.30pm

Contact jessica.newton@luton.gov.uk to book

Lift Off to Language

This is a workshop for staff working with children in Early Years.  Lift off to Language is a locally developed programme by Speech and Language Therapists in Bedfordshire and Luton. Practitioners are trained and supported by the Speech and Language Therapists to run language booster groups aimed at the 2 year olds or 3-5 year olds within their setting.

After the initial training session, practitioners are expected to run the group in their setting within the next term. A Speech and Language Therapist may visit your setting or virtually drop in to support you with a least one of these sessions. You will be signed off as a ‘Lift Off to Language setting’ when this has been completed.

  • Lift Off to Language (2 year old) 14 October from 10am to 11am
  • Lift Off to Language (3 to 5 year olds 21 October from 10am to 11.30am

To book please contact jessica.newton@luton.gov.uk

Talk for All

This is an intensive course (with an optional accreditation) for any practitioner
(including childminders) working with children in the Early Years.

By attending this course we hope you will:

  • Increase your capacity to identify and support children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs
  • Strengthen your understanding of the impact of Speech, Language and Communication difficulties on the child.
  • Be able to identify children with attention and listening, comprehension, expressive language and phonology difficulties and confidently refer these children for additional support.
  • Understand and be able to implement strategies at a universal and targeted level to support children with attention and listening, comprehension, expressive language and phonology difficulties.
  • Understand the development of English as an Additional Language and how best to support this in your setting

Please click here to register to view the training videos


Bilingualism Training

*Awaiting 2021 Virtual Alternative*

Many children grow up exposed to two languages or more from an early age and despite its prevalence, there is conflicting advice around raising children bilingually. This course addresses important questions concerning how best to foster bilingual development to gain the maximum benefits that recent research has identified.

Aims: For participants to understand:

  • the different forms of bilingualism
  • the benefits of bilingualism
  • the typical stages in second language development
  • how to support children with learning a second language