Excellent news – The ELDP is funded for another year!

The Early Language Development Programme (ELDP) has been very successful in supporting young children’s speech, language and communication development since 2011 by creating a skilled workforce and knowledgeable parents. The training has been increasing the knowledge and confidence of early years practitioners and professionals, significantly increasing school readiness and life chances of children under the age of 5 through the power of communication. What’s more, those with speech, language and communication needs can have their needs identified so that a plan for support can be made at the earliest stage.

The programme was originally due to end in March 2014 but we are delighted to announce that the Department for Education has agreed to fund the ELDP for one more year, until March 2015.

The government want us to actively target areas of significant deprivation. We’re therefore asking brand new local authorities not yet engaged in the programme, as well as areas who want to widen their ELDP net and engage the harder to reach settings, to consider their plans for the year including an estimate of eventual local practitioner reach.

The new funding will cover two days free training for new lead practitioners and refresher training for existing lead practitioners, where needed. There will also be high quality resources provided on a demand and supply basis for locally delivering training and supporting parent engagement sessions.  There is also an online community for lead practitioners from across England to share ideas and provide peer to peer support.

We have 90 lead practitioner places available and 12 months to deliver training to at least 3,000 family facing early years practitioners who will support parents and families in significantly disadvantaged areas. If you have a good level of pre-knowledge in speech, language and communication development, and some experience of delivering training, we want to hear from you!

Not only will you receive free, high quality training but you will personally and professionally develop yourself and others through disseminating the ELDP training locally in your area. Participation in the programme also helps to embed, and evidence early language development practices and raise the quality of provision in settings.

If you are interested in becoming part of this successful programme, or know someone who might be, don’t delay – contact the ELDP team on eldp@ican.org.uk or 020 7843 2562.

We can discuss opportunities that you have identified for delivering the training courses to local practitioners in your area and the support that can be offered.