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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.
This page is for Parents and Professionals
Information for Professionals
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.
Early Talk – "interacting with children" tools to inform your practice in Communication and Language
Flow Chart to be used in Sandwell Early Years Settings in for WellComm Screening and using SLC Interventions and Tools
Sandwell’s Top Tips for talking with your child
Use this tool to get Sandwell's Talking Tips
Download Tool Hand Rule
Use this tool for One question to four... Comments, Repetitions, Expansions, Explanations
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.
Download Tool Language Learning Principles
Use this tool to develop language and communication and make your classroom a place for conversation
Download Tool Word Aware
Download this tool for Word Aware Teaching Concepts (an inclusive, whole class approach)
Download Tool Observe, Wait, Listen, Scaffold
Use this tool to record Observe Wait Listen Scaffold
Download Tool Responsive Adult Child Interactions
Download this tool to record Responsive Adult Child Interactions
Download Tool Dialogic Book Talk
Use this tool to find out about dialogic reading
Use this tool to find out about Word Aware teaching concepts
Use this tool to evaluate the environment your setting creates to support speech,language,communication development in children.
Use this tool to develop a communication friendly environment that supports children to become confident and skilled communicators.
Early Childhood Rating Scales (ECERS)/ Sustained Shared Thinking and Emotional Well-being Scales (SSTEW)
this tool to be added in the near future
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