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Communication offer for professionals - Conception to Reception


  • Access to key messages promoting positive interaction from the peri-natal stage
  • Brazelton Newborn Observation/Hello Baby training offered to all members of the health visitors team
  • Communication champion in each setting. Cluster meetings 3 times per year
  • Support to work towards communication friendly environments/settings
  • Individual support and advice from the commissioned speech and language therapy service
  • Speech and Language UK training in Early Talk and Early Talk Boost
  • Early years professional development 
  • Training in use of WellComm Assessment tool
  • Support from an early years advisory teacher via the Better Start team
  • Monthly surgery in setting
  • Early Years settings offered support related to work force development
  • Makaton training via NHS speech and language therapist payable by settings


  • Referral to specialist health visitor for Perinatal and Infant Relationship Service (PAIRS) for advice/support/training
  • Access to advice for all children with identified delay, if triaged to setting support
  • Access to Early Talk  and Early Talk Boost intervention training
  • Single point of entry for multi-agency triage panel
  • Practitioners to have access to key messages promoting positive interaction from the early years team, Communicate CIC and Better Start
  • One funded NHS Makaton training place for staff, per child with identified need


  • Advice and support for the implementation of speech and language therapy targets within the setting
  • Access to early years SEND advisory teacher support for children with complex speech, language and communication
  • Advice about Alternative, Augmentative Communication (AAC) available through Highfurlong Communication Aids and Assistive Technology (CAAT) team
  • Needs led training e.g. for stammering, selective mutism etc.