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Sandwell Keeps Talking is Sandwell’s initiative to promote Early Language and Communication Skills. In Sandwell we are working with our Early Years experts to bring together support and resources in Early Language and Communication.

WellComm Drop In Sessions

An opportunity for professionals to discuss Speech, Language Communication queries. Share good practice and network with other professionals. WellComm drop in sessions, are held fortnightly for an hour where you can ‘drop-in’ (virtually) and ask for further support, advice and guidance. These sessions are facilitated by Sandwell’s Speech and Language Therapy service and Early Years Advisory Teachers.

Book a WellComm Drop In session

Early Talk – "interacting with children" tools to inform your practice in Communication and Language


Sandwell Keeps Talking Flow Chart

Consistency Flow Chart

Flow Chart to be used in Sandwell Early Years Settings in for WellComm Screening and using SLC Interventions and Tools

Sandwell Language Pathway

Sandwell's Talking Tips

Sandwell’s Top Tips for talking with your child

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Use this tool to get Sandwell's Talking Tips

Sandwell's top tips for talking with your child

Hand Rule

Download Tool    Hand Rule

Use this tool for One question to four... Comments, Repetitions, Expansions, Explanations

Wellcomm Language Targets

Download Tool   Wellcomm Language Targets

Whole setting approach through a Language Rich Environment

Use this tool  to record Language Areas, What to do, Who needs Support.

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Language Learning Principles

Language Principles

Download Tool  Language Learning Principles

Use this tool to develop language and communication and make your classroom a place for conversation

Talk time

Word Aware

Download Tool  Word Aware

Download this tool for Word Aware Teaching Concepts (an inclusive, whole class approach)

word aware

Play and Language/Observe,Wait,Listen,Scaffold (OWLS)

Download Tool   Observe, Wait, Listen, Scaffold

Use this tool to record Observe Wait Listen Scaffold

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Responsive Adult Child Interactions

Download Tool  Responsive Adult Child Interactions

Download this tool to record Responsive Adult Child Interactions

Responsive Adult Child Interactions

Singing Songs and Rhymes/Dialogic Book Talk

Download Tool   Dialogic Book Talk

Use this tool to find out about dialogic reading

sing nursery rhymes

Hanen/Leuvan Scales

Download Tool   Leuvan Scales

Download Tool   Hanen Audit

Use these tools to record Hanen Interaction Styles and Ferre Laevers emotional wellbeing and involvement scales

Talking to babies/Word Aware

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Use this tool to find out about Word Aware teaching concepts

child adult reading together

Communication Hotspots (ECAT)

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Use this tool to evaluate the environment your setting creates to support speech,language,communication development in children.

child playing preschool

Communication Friendly Environment

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Use this tool to develop a communication friendly environment that supports children to become confident and skilled communicators.

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Early Childhood Rating Scales (ECERS)/ Sustained Shared Thinking and Emotional Well-being Scales (SSTEW)

this tool to be added in the near future

Useful Resources

Libraries from home  online rhyme time and story time from libraries across the Country.

Words for Life  National Literacy resources and activities

Bilingual Quick Tips  quick tips, in 19 different languages, for parents and early years practitioners to help children develop good talking and listening skills.

Bookstart Bookstart gives free books to every child in England and Wales at two key stages before school, as well as free packs for children with additional needs, tips and guidance on reading together, resources and activities, and much more.

Tiny Happy People  Activities for babies and toddlers to develop communication skills

ICAN  information and resources for parents and practitioners including Talking Point

ABC Cartoon