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Supporting Communication and Language in Sandwell 0-5 Years of Age

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Sandwell Keeps Talking

Sandwell Keeps Talking is Sandwell’s initiative to promote Early Language and Communication Skills. There is lots you can do to help support the children you work with to develop their language and communication skills. Direct your parents to the Sandwell Keeps Talking Families page for advice and support.

Sandwell Keeps Talking is a multi-professional approach.

Use this professional page for advice, useful information and to further enhance your practice. 

Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) Pathway


Sandwell's Talking Tips

Sandwell’s Talking Tips

10 tips to help support your child's language development.

Get to know these tips and use them as part of what you do every day with your child.

Early Years Practitioners should also familiarise themselves with Sandwell Talking Tips and embed these tips in to their Early Years development planning

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Printable prompt cards to remind you of what good adult child interaction looks like. You can also share these with your parents.

Hand Rule

Download Tool    Hand Rule

This tool provides scaffolding for children’s communication by limiting questions and providing rich model of language.

Wellcomm Language Targets

Download Tool  Wellcomm Language Targets

A supplementary tool created to help support you to carry out WellComm interventions in your setting. This will help you to understand the concept you are supporting the child to achieve.

Observe, Wait, Listen, Scaffold (OWLS)

Download Tool  Observe, Wait, Listen, Scaffold

Use this tool to support your interactions by thinking about how you come an active partner in their learning. This will help you think about the level of support you are going to give the child.


Adult Child Interaction Checklist

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A checklist to support your interactions with children. Use this to support peer-on-peer reviews and facilitate discussion

Nursery Rhyme Challenge

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Use this link in your setting to take part in the Nursery Rhyme Challenge. A fun way to engage your families to get involved to support their children’s language development at home.

Hanen Audit

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A practical tool to help you identify different types of learners in your setting. Use this tool to help you plan your teaching.

Communication Hotspots

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Use this tool to evaluate your environment and look out for where communication and language isn’t happening. What can you do to help create more communication hotspots?

English as an Additional Language Development EAL

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Dudley’s Early Years ‘My Language Journey’ is a framework to support your understanding of what an EAL child’s journeys look like.

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Use this checklist if you are unsure whether a child is presenting with a pure EAL profile or has difficulties with their language development.

Communication Friendly Environment

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

SLCN Pathway Review Checklist

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Use this RAG rating checklist to review your practice in Speech, Language and Communication across your whole setting.


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

I CAN  information and resources for parents and practitioners including Talking Point

Training and Courses

Book on to Early Years training courses for practitioners and professionals

Training Courses