TALK Derby

Helping Derby's young children to develop
the speech, language and communication
skills they need for a happy and successful life.

For Practitioners

For Practitioners

The below information is for early years practitioners working in a setting, however please click here if:

  • You work with children aged 5-19 years old in a school/college
  • You are part of the wider workforce working with families and children in the early years (e.g. health visitors, midwives, foster carers, home start workers)

Early Years Practitioners

It’s well established that speech, language and communication (SLC) development in young children is essential to their success through education and into adulthood.

This is the focus of TALK Derby.

Childminders and anyone who works in a school or early years setting has a crucial role to play in SLC development. You can get involved in various ways.

TALK Derby Champions

TALK Derby is recruiting 140 Champions to drive our programme forward – prioritising the most disadvantaged Derby wards. Individual childminders, as well as schools and settings can sign up. If you’re interested in becoming a TALK Derby Champion, or simply want to know more about the role, click here.

To ensure that you can access free support and training, please register your setting's Champion here.

TALK Derby pledge

Simple, relevant and genuinely two-way conversations with children help to build their understanding and communication skills.

We’re asking the people of Derby to make a conscious commitment to spend more time talking and listening to the children in their lives – and to encourage others to do the same.

Whatever your role, show your support by making the TALK Derby pledge today.

Support and Training

TALK Derby support and training in early years speech, language and communication is now available across the whole city*. *Settings taking part in the Early Years Professional Development Programme (EYPDP) are not eligible to take up the TALK Derby offer. Some of these courses are accredited for your CPD.

A training attendance allowance is payable for many of these courses.  Details can be found with the information for each eligible course.

You can also access a wide range of free tools and resources to support SLC development – for all age groups.

If you would like parents from your provision to find out more about how they can support their child’s communication and language development and you lack confidence to deliver training to parents, or haven’t completed any training yet, you can get help. An Elklan tutor can help you deliver Let’s Talk at Home to 10 parents. You will learn as you go and can then deliver the next course solo. (If you can’t gather 10 parents together, you could join with another setting to get the 10 parents needed). Email to register your interest.

A quick overview of upcoming support and training can be found here. For details of how to view training options, check what you're already doing and plan developments, click the link below:

Balanced SystemElklan
We are pleased to be working with the Balanced System® and Elklan to support this work.

You can get involved in TALK Derby by promoting our work to colleagues and parents. Direct them to this website, our Facebook page and Twitter feed.


TALK Derby Links

TALK Derby Links are professionals who currently either support early years settings or speech, language and communication as part of their roles. The role of a TALK Derby Link is to help eligible settings make the best of TALK Derby and their work to better support communication and language in the early years. If you want to know who is your nearest TALK Derby Link, please contact