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

Accessing TALK Derby training whilst in the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

TALK Derby training is offered to practitioners on a voluntary basis through the Opportunity Area, furloughed workers can still participate in any online training and support subject to the payment requirements set out below. 

The latest Government advice for those furloughed and engaged in training can be found here. The important points include:

Furloughed employees can engage in training, either voluntarily or at the request of the employer, as long as in undertaking the training the employee does not provide services to, or generate revenue for, or on behalf of their organisation or a linked or associated organisation. Furloughed employees should be encouraged to undertake training.

Where training is undertaken by furloughed employees, at the request of their employer, they are entitled to be paid at least their appropriate national minimum wage for this time. In most cases, the furlough payment of 80% of an employee’s regular wage, up to the value of £2,500, will provide sufficient monies to cover these training hours. However, where the time spent attracts a minimum wage entitlement in excess of the furlough payment, employers will need to pay the additional wages. For example, if the member of staff is furloughed and usually works 40 hours a week, they will receive pay for 32 hours per week through the Government Job Retention Scheme.  If the training they undertake exceeds 32 hours per week the staff member will need to be paid for the additional time.

We hope practitioners continue to engage with the TALK Derby training and support.

Please share this information with your employer and/or staff members. Further advice can be found at on the Government website.


Information about support and training 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.

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

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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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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 hempsalls@talkderby.org.uk.