The NOA Communication Hub Network Meetings

The Norwich Opportunity Area has chosen 5 Norwich-based schools and settings, and 1 Breckland based school, to become new NOA ‘Communication Hubs’. Each Communication Hub acts as a centre of excellence around SLCN and runs a half-termly network meeting for local EY practitioners to share knowledge, best practice and any difficulties. The Communication Hubs provide a forum of local peer support and they also facilitate opportunities for practitioners to undertake further funded CPD on speech, language and communication development.

Please see the list of our NOA hubs below and their 2021-22 meeting dates.

If you would like to attend a Communication Hub network meeting and benefit from the hubs offers and support, please email the Hub Leader with your name, role, school/setting and email address. You will then be added to their distribution list.

THE NORTH NORWICH COMMUNICATION HUB

Who runs this Communication Hub?
Eileen Maceachern (Mile Cross Primary School)
Cathy Bryan (Catton Grove Primary School)
Sam Thorpe (Lionwood Infant and Nursery School)

Who can attend this Communication Hub’s Network Meetings?
– Early Years practitioners from schools and settings (Norfolk-wide)
– Key Stage 1 staff from schools (Norfolk-wide)
– Childminders (Norfolk-wide)
– Organisations that support children’s early speech, language and communication development.

How do I sign up to attend these Communication Hub Network Meetings?
Please email Hub Lead Eileen Maceachern (senco@milecrossprimary.norfolk.sch.uk), to be added to the North Norwich Communication Hubs distribution list.
All meetings are currently being held online.

Additional Resources & Information:
For more information, please visit The North Norwich Communication Hub Website or see their information leaflet.

Meeting dates for 2021/22

Meeting DateTimeTheme
Tuesday 21st September 20214pm -6pmSupporting children with EAL
Tuesday 23rd November 20214pm -6pmSupporting children with ASD
Tuesday 25th January 20224pm -6pmUsing the outdoor environment to support language development
Tuesday 15th March 20224pm -6pmReluctant Talkers and involving children with SLCN in decision making using Talking Mats
Tuesday 10th May 20224pm -6pmAttention & listening, understanding and using ‘blanks’
Tuesday 28th June 2022  4pm -6pmDeveloping Vocabulary

THE LAKENHAM COMMUNICATION HUB

Who runs this Communication Hub?
Jessica Bell (Lakenham Primary School)
Tracey Hawthorne (Lakenham Primary School)

Who can attend this Communication Hub’s Network Meetings?
– Early Years practitioners from schools and settings (Norfolk-wide)
– Key Stage 1 staff from schools (Norfolk-wide)
– Childminders (Norfolk-wide)
– Organisations that support children’s early speech, language and communication development.

How do I sign up to attend these Communication Hub Network Meetings?
Please email Lakenham Primary School’s office (office@lakenham.norfolk.sch.uk) to be added to the Lakenham Communication Hubs distribution list.
All meetings are currently being held online.

Meeting dates for 2021/22

Meeting DateTimeMeeting Theme
Monday 4th October 2021 4pm -5:30pm Parental engagement and speech and language referrals
   

THE 0-2 COMMUNICATION HUB

Who runs this Communication Hub?
Suzie Squirrel Hughes (Little Squirrels Play Forest)
Yvonne Hamilton (Chestnut Nursery at Norwich Research Park)

Who can attend this Communication Hub’s Network Meetings?
– Early Years practitioners from schools and settings working with 0-2’s (Norfolk-wide)
– Childminders working with 0-2’s (Norfolk-wide)
– Organisations that support baby’s and children’s early speech, language and communication development.

How do I sign up to attend these Communication Hub Network Meetings?
Please email Yvonne Hamilton (nrp@chestnut-nursery.co.uk) or Suzie Squirrel Hughes (enquiries@little-squirrels.com) to be added to the 0-2 Communication Hubs distribution list.
All meetings are currently being held online.

Additional Resources & Information:
This Communication Hub has been specifically set up to support practitioners working with 0–2-year-olds.

Meeting dates for 2021/22

Meeting DateTimeTheme
Wednesday 29th September 2021 7pm-8:30pm Self-regulation and communication
Wednesday 24th November 20217pm-8:30pmMindfulness
Wednesday 26th January 20227pm-8:30pmEmotional Literacy and ELSA’s (Emotional Literacy Support Assistants)
Wednesday 23rd March 20227pm-8:30pmListening and Attention
Wednesday 25th May 20227pm-8:30pmSLC & the importance of nature and the outdoors
Wednesday 29th June 20227pm-8:30pmBehaviour and communication