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

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 is providing a range of free support and professional development for everyone working in the early years in the eight target wards (Abbey, Alvaston, Arboretum, Boulton, Chaddesden, Derwent, Normanton and Sinfin). There has been agreement for spare capacity on TALK Derby training courses to be taken up by early years providers in other parts of Derby City (these opportunities will be subject to an agreed prioritisation system). 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.

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.

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