Update from the ELDP

Among those who have trained a very large number of practitioners through ELDP are:

  • April Barry & her team on the Isle of Wight who are cascading training to all 60 children’s centres and accredited childminders on the island. This team is actively using ELDP resources to engage with parents, and incorporating activities into parent workshops and sessions such as Stay & Play sessions.
  • Essex lead practitioners, including Sian Ansell, Carol Rowe & their team started training in May 2012. They have so far reached 537 practitioners, and are still going strong this year.
  • Dawn France and the team in Greenwich have so far created 4 networks, and have reached 137 practitioners.

Well done, to all those mentioned above and all those who continue to provide training and information for early years practitioners, family facing practitioners, childminders and parents. The information is much appreciated as the children involved continue to make progress!

Meanwhile, interim findings from our external evaluation team (OPM) indicate that 83% of parents and carers surveyed reported their knowledge about supporting children to learn to talk had increased compared to a year ago.

Individual parents commented positively throughout the OPM report. For example, in Northamptonshire, one parent reported that the ELDP training had taught them to limit their child’s use of a dummy, to extend the language they used with their child, and to sing and read to their child. The parent also felt that that the support from practitioners had made her feel more confident about what to do to support her child and less worried about his language development. She reported a marked improvement in her son’s speech and the amount of language he uses:

The support was really good, it has really helped him, his language has got much better… I wouldn’t have known that reading to your child helps them to talk and that it is hearing words constantly which helps…Now I say words related to what he is saying to extend his language” (Parent, Northamptonshire)

Another parent from Cheshire talked about how the ‘Chatter Matters’ resources had made them change the way they communicated with their child:

It really came to light for us as parents when the nursery gave us the chatter matters DVD…after watching that it really brought it home to us how he was behind and what we as parents maybe should have been doing.” (Parent, East Cheshire)

If this information is new to you or you would like to hear more, we are running an event for people living and working in the boroughs around London. We would love you to join us.

On 26th November 2013, at South Bank University, London, local ELDP Lead Practitioners and other people interested in getting involved in the programme will be getting together. Come along and hear about how the ELDP is impacting on practitioners, parents and children. Join us and find out how you can access this free training locally. Share ideas for embedding good practice with colleagues. Discuss the barriers and solutions to engaging with hard to read parents and families to support children’s language development.

This conference is free to attend. Lunch and refreshments are provided and you can also get a 50% discount voucher for I CAN resources. There are only a few places left at this event and they will be available on a first come, first served basis. Contact kbracken@ican.org.uk or Tel. 020 7843 2523 to book your place.