TALK Derby

Inspiration, support and training - helping Derby's young
children to develop the speech, language and communication
skills they need for a happy and successful life.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Can we take part in the TALK Derby training if we aren't from one of the original eight priority areas?

As of 18th November 2019, all schools, settings and childminders in Derby are able to register for places on any of the TALK Derby courses*. We look forward to seeing you there!

*The Opportunity Area board has stated that those early years settings involved in the Early Years Professional Development Programme (EY PDP) are not eligible for the TALK Derby Offer.

Do we have to have a TALK Derby Champion?

If you are a school, setting or childminder you will need to register ONE Champion in order to access the free support and training. To register a Champion, click here

What is the role of a TALK Derby Champion?

Click here to find out more about the role of a Champion.

How do I register to become a TALK Derby Champion?

To register, click here. Once registered, we will be able to contact you with information about free support and training.

When logged in, within the Champions’ Area you will be able to access; a Champions’ Forum, information regarding Champions’ Network Meetings and previously circulated Champions’ newsletters.

Please note: visitors to the TALK Derby website can access information and book onto training without having to log in as a Champion.

Who should we have as our TALK Derby Champion?

We are asking that each childminder and one nominated person within each early years setting and school in Derby becomes a TALK Derby Champion. 

TALK Derby Champions will be school/setting employees or childminders who are:

  • willing to learn and share information about the impact of communication and language skills on children's outcomes.
  • willing to raise the profile of communication and language skills in your setting and its family community.
  • keen to develop good practice around supporting young children's communication and language skills.
  • willing to share with your setting, and its family community, knowledge, opportunities, resources and good practice.
  • able to influence any other staff in your setting.
  • keen to enable access to support, training and development opportunities for your setting provided through TALK Derby.
  • able to monitor and evaluate children's progress and report to leadership.
  • able to learn and develop as a reflective practitioner.

Can we have more than one Champion per school/setting?

No, each school/setting can only register ONE Champion. You can nominate other appropriate people within your setting to access the FREE speech and language training and support. Childminders are automatically Champions and will need to register first.

Is it just the Champion who has to attend the Elklan or Balanced System® training?

No, any appropriate member of staff or volunteer within Derby schools or settings can attend the training. For details of upcoming training, click here.

How many people from each setting can we send to the training?

If you have fewer than ten staff, the school / setting can ask a maximum of one practitioner to undertake EITHER the level three course: Speech and Language Support for 0 – 3s OR Speech and Language Support for 3 – 5s. If there are more than ten staff in your school / setting, you can book places for one member of staff per additional ten practitioners in your early years provision.

It is recommended that two staff per school / setting are needed to take part in Elklan’s Let’s talk with Under 5s training to enable them to go on to share the delivery of Let's Talk at Home, but if you only have one member of staff available they can complete this on their own.

For work with Better Communication's Balanced System, there is a maximum of two people per childminder/school/setting who can attend the courses.

For details of upcoming training, click here.

Who do I contact if I want to know more or book on to the Balanced System®?

If you want to find out more about the Balanced System®, please click here or e-mail admin@bettercommunication.org.uk.

For details of upcoming training, click here.

Who do I contact if I want to know more or book on to the Elklan training?

If you want to find out more about Elklan training, please click here, email clare.elklan@talkderby.org.uk or call 01208 841450.

For details of upcoming training, click here.

Do we have to pay for the training?

No, the training is completely free to all schools, settings and childminders in Derby*.

*The Opportunity Area board has stated that those early years settings involved in the Early Years Professional Development Programme (EY PDP) are not eligible for the TALK Derby Offer.

Do we have to come to all training offered?

No, you can choose what you would like to get involved in and what would benefit you as an early years provider.

For details of upcoming training, click here.

Can we claim staff cover costs?

In recognition that there are costs associated with attending training, TALK Derby has secured a maximum fund of £35,000 to support workers, volunteers and parents attending training provided by Elklan with some of these costs. Whilst we recognise the allowance will not pay for all supply cover costs where needed, the TAA aims to offer support towards them and/or other costs.

The training attendance allowance is payable to schools, early years settings, and childminders attending Elklan training. To receive the allowance, learners need to complete a claim form and return it to Hempsall’s.

The TAA is paid at an average rate of £30 per day, and is allocated per course, as described on the website. Eligible payments will be made directly to schools, settings or childminders within 28 days of the claim being authorised by Elklan.

How do I find out about the TALK Derby Champions' Network Meetings?

Click here and then click on the Champions’ Network Meetings button to find out more.

Please note: you will need to have registered as a Champion to login to access this information.

When are the Champions' Network Meetings?

Monday 20th May 2019
Wednesday 25th September 2019
Thursday 21st November 2019
Tuesday 3rd March 2020
Wednesday 10th June 2020

Information along with booking information will be circulated directly to eligible providers in Derby prior to the Network Meetings.

How many people can we send to a Network Meeting?

Two. Your TALK Derby Champion plus one other.