“Introduced in 2011, this programme funded by the Department for Education aims to create a skilled workforce and knowledgeable parents, known to be essential in supporting communication development during a child’s early years.
By March 2013, 500 ‘hubs’ of early language expertise had been developed across 112 local authorities in England, including disadvantaged areas. These settings offer free local training courses for practitioners wanting to learn more about supporting communication and language development with babies and toddlers, as well as working with parents.
The programme is led by children’s communication charity I CAN and has previously been supported by the Early Language Consortium: Action for Children, The Pre-School Learning Alliance, The Children’s Society, Elklan, the Office of Public Management with business support from Impetus. The programme is being funded to continue for an additional year from April 2014 to March 2015 especially to focus on children in areas of significant deprivation, with additional lead practitioners being trained by I CAN to deliver the training in their local areas.”