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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.
Sandwell’s Top Tips for talking with your child
Printable prompt cards to remind you of what good adult child interaction looks like. You can also share these with your parents.
Download Tool Hand Rule
This tool provides scaffolding for children’s communication by limiting questions and providing rich model of language.
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.
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.
A checklist to support your interactions with children. Use this to support peer-on-peer reviews and facilitate discussion
Download Tool Nursery Rhyme Challenge
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.
Download Tool Hanen Audit
A practical tool to help you identify different types of learners in your setting. Use this tool to help you plan your teaching.
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?
Dudley’s Early Years ‘My Language Journey’ is a framework to support your understanding of what an EAL child’s journeys look like.
Use this checklist if you are unsure whether a child is presenting with a pure EAL profile or has difficulties with their language development.
Use this RAG rating tool to develop a communication friendly environment that supports children to become confident and skilled communicators.
Use this RAG rating checklist to review your practice in Speech, Language and Communication across your whole setting.
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
Book on to Early Years training courses for practitioners and professionals