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Supporting the needs of all children

Speech, language and communication skills are vital for a child or young person to learn. The early years or school setting is central to supporting speech and language development.

This part of the site is all about how to support children’s skills in an educational setting – either an early years setting or in a school setting. The principles however could be applied to other scenarios, such as youthclubs, cubs and brownies.

While this section talks about supporting speech, language and communication needs (SLCN), the principles apply to supporting all children’s speech, language and communication, and should be seen as an inclusive approach.

It is essential that the speech, language and communication needs of all children are considered. In educational settings, children and young people need to: 

  • listen to and understand information they are given
  • make sense of concepts and ideas they are learning
  • learn a whole range of new words and use them well
  • share their ideas with others and answer questions
  • use language to solve problems ask for help or explanations
  • read, write and learn to spell interact with others, play and socialise


Children with different speech and language abilities will need different support to help them to be able to do all of the above. This section of the website helps you to support all children to develop these skills.


Check your knowledge and skills in supporting children’s speech, language and communication skills with the speech, language and communication framework, or SLCF.
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