Early years communication: preventing the gap

We know that children who are behind at age five struggle to catch up in school and fall further behind their peers resulting in reduced life chances.

We have developed two major programmes to support early speech and language development in Norwich.

The Communication Champions Network is a training programme for Early Years specialists across schools, nurseries and other early years settings supported by the Communication Trust. It equips staff to address early speech and language needs, and cascade training to all staff in that setting to offer a universal approach.  More details can be found here.

Our Community Communication Champions programme complements the in-school provision, offering parents support with their child’s early language development to ensure that when they start school they are able to access learning quickly.  Recruitment for our new team takes place in November, and classes and support for parents will begin in the New Year.  More information can be found here.

Our targets

By September 2021:

  • 95% of eligible three to four year-olds and 75% of eligible two year-olds will be benefitting from funded early education.
  • The proportion of children achieving a good level of development will be in the top half for all local authority districts in England.