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Early Outcomes Fund

What is the Early Outcomes Fund Project?

The Early Outcomes Fund Project aims to develop a range of strategies and initiatives that will improve children’s speech, language and communication in the early years.

What has happened so far?

Funded 2-day Early Communication Training

This training course provides models to understand speech, language and communication needs as well as practical ideas to use in early years settings. In addition, the training course explores why screening speech, language and communication is useful, how to use the screening tool (supplied free for practitioners) and how to analyse the results and interpret the data.

  • 68 Practitioners have attended this two-day training event delivered by Speech and Language Therapists
  • 100% of delegates have stated they have an increased understanding of practical strategies that can be used in the workplace and increased confidence in talking to parents about early communication, speech and language

Funded Early Years Level 3 SENCO

This award is an accredited training programme for SENCO’s in early years settings. This innovative and exciting programme has been developed by School Improvement Liverpool and Nasen.

  • 26 Practitioners are currently attending this Level 3 Accredited SENCo Training
  • 100% of delegates have stated that their knowledge and confidence in carrying out the role of Early Years SENCo has already increased

Funded Simply Play Family Sessions

These funded sessions are for children who are struggling to reach their speech and language milestones at 2 years old. These sessions involve both children and their families.

  • 32 family sessions are being delivered across Staffordshire in district Children’s Centres

Early Communication Champions

This volunteer role includes signposting families to local services and activities, promoting choices for early childcare and sharing key messages regarding early communication, speech and language.

  • 26 volunteers are currently engaged with the Early Outcomes Fund Early Communication Champion Volunteer Programme

Anyone interested in becoming a Communication Champion can contact 


Staffordshire Hungry Little Minds Campaign

In order to support parents, The Early Outcomes Fund Project has funded a localised campaign linked with the national Hungry Little Minds and the BBC’s Tiny Happy People campaigns.

Families can sign up to personalised, sequential emails providing information on practical strategies to promote early communication, speech and language, child development, early years services and local activities when they register their child’s birth.

  • The planned launch date for phase one of the campaign is 27th January. Phase one will focus on babies in the 0-3-month age range. Phase two of the campaign for children 3 months to 24 months will be launched in March 2020

How can my organisation become involved in the project?

New Dates Released for Funded 2-day Early Communication Training

  • Practitioners in early years settings can attend the next roll out of the funded 2-day Early Communication Training:
    • Lichfield: 23 April 2020
    • East Staffs: 28 April 2020
    • South Staffs: 30 April 2020
    • Moorlands: 14 May 2020

For further details about this training contact: eof@stoke.gov.uk

New Dates Released for Simply Play Funded Sessions

  • Early years settings can signpost families to attend these Simply Play sessions by contacting their local Children’s Centre or the tutor on the attached flyer (328 KB)

Coming soon

  • Early Communication Training for Childminders – information available in March
  • The development of an early communication, speech and language electronic pathway for parents and professionals

For any further information about the Early Outcomes Fund project or events contact: helen.gibson@staffordshire.gov.uk

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