Working with 0-5 years olds

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Useful websites

Derby City's Local Offer - a hub of information and advice for children and young people from 0 to 25 with special educational needs and disabilities and their families.

I CAN - helps children communicate. They are experts in helping children develop the speech, language and communication skills they need to thrive in a 21st century world.

The Communication Trust - every child understood.  A coalition of over 50 not-for-profit organisations. Working together they support everyone who works with children and young people in England to support their speech, language and communication.

Talking Point - the first stop for information on children’s communication.

National Literacy Trust - an independent charity working with schools and communities to give disadvantaged children the literacy skills to succeed in life.

Words for Life helps parents to develop their child's vital communication and literacy skills from birth to age eleven.

AFASIC - voice for life. Afasic seeks to raise awareness and to create better services and provision for children and young people with speech and language impairments.

Resources on child language development for parents from LuCiD.

What to expect at different ages

Stages of speech and language development chart (0-5 years old).

Universally Speaking - ages and stages of children's communication development (0-5 years old).

This handy guide takes you through what can be expected for different ages of children and what you can do to encourage good speech sound development. 

Find out about the stages of attention and listening and tips on how to help develop these skills.

Information and examples related to the two-word stage of language development in children.

Resources and activities

General advice sheets from Derby Speech and Language Therapy Service.

Top techniques to develop children's speech and language.

Benefits of children learning their home language first.

A resource guide for practitioners from The Communication Trust.

Early years resources from the National Literacy Trust.

A webinar about supporting bilingual families.

Films for parents with children up to the age of three to encourage children's communication development.

Video showing how to build young children's brains through serve and return interactions.

Ten top tips for talking.

Considerations for children in the early years with English as an additional language.

Short videos from TEAL UK to help people learn Makaton signs that can be used for conversations, songs and stories.  

From page 11 onwards, ideas to support early speech, language and communication development in the home learning environment.

Research findings from LuCiD.

Video about talking to parents about their child’s, speech, language and communication.

The referral decision making process from The Communication Trust.

Sound communities highlights some of the commonalities between music and speech, language and communication and provides early years professionals with tools, approaches and methods to support all children.

More top tips for developing talking.

Crack the code: how to know if a child needs support.

Communication friendly environment checklist.

Making your place great for communication.

Together for Twos - a collection of ideas, inspiration and tools to help you reflect on and extend your practice working with 2 year olds.

What Works? The biggest database of evidence informed speech, language and communication interventions.

A list of the first 100 words a child learns to say can be found here. This can be downloaded and kept as a record of children’s development and can be interesting for parents to have too.

A catalogue of products and services available from The Communication Trust's consortium.

Playdough and animal activities from www.penetwork.co.uk.

Activities for the book 'Car, Car, Truck, Jeep' from www.penetwork.co.uk.

Useful websites for families with children aged 0-5 years old

Hungry Little Minds - simple, fun activities for kids, from newborn to five.

Tiny Happy People - supports families develop their child's communication skills through simple interaction and play. Includes short videos of well known nursery rhymes and songs to share with parents on social media or as part of an on-line newsletter.

Fun and easy tips to help families bring even more 'Look, Say, Sing and Play' into their daily routine with their baby.

Tips on how to build young brains with 'Big Little Moments'.

"Small Talk" - little ways to make a big difference.

Tips for talking with your baby.

Useful resources/activities for families with children aged 0-5 years old

A guide for parents to promote early learning and development at home (0 - 5 years) to support families during the coronavirus pandemic.

A poster charting a child's progress from birth to 5 years old.

Eight early years apps for 2-5 year olds, with a focus on literacy, language and communication, have been awarded a quality mark by the Department for Education. The list of apps can be found on this page.

How to incorporate 'Chat, Play and Read' into daily routines to help develop children’s language and literacy.

Fun activities, from 'Tiny Happy People', for families to try with their child that help with communication skills.

Top talking tips for parents.

Practical idea cards and leaflets for parents/carers.

Read about why reading aloud and sharing books is good for talking.

Chat as you go with your baby!

Smile, talk, laugh and sing during nappy changing time with your baby!

Tips for reading with your six-month old baby.

Smile, talk, laugh and sing with your toddler anytime throughout the day!

5 free guides to help you improve your child's language and literacy skills.

Further resources

Bercow: Ten years on recommendations.

The Tiny Happy People website includes a section on science and facts about children's brain development and includes science behind good practice to support communication and language development, such as this short video on ‘parentese’.  

Time to Talk - implementing outstanding practice in speech, language and communication, Jean Gross.

Early Years Commitment helps early years settings address every aspect of communication development.

A 'one stop guide' from The Communication Trust to commissioning speech and language services in your school.

Research findings about NELI: an early years programme designed to improve children’s early listening, narrative and vocabulary skills.

A report from the Education Endowment Fund highlighting communication and language skills as vital for underpinning mathematical development. 

The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists' overview of their role in educational settings.

How to set up a Parent Champions scheme with Coram.