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Early Outcomes Fund

Introduction to the Early Outcomes Fund Project.

The Early Outcomes Fund Project (EOF) aims to develop a range of strategies and initiatives that will improve children’s speech, language and communication in the early years. On this page we will provide information on courses and what EOF is about can do for your setting and practitioners working with children and families.


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. 

  • 296 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.

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.

  • 55 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.

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 and many other volunteers continue to support the aims of the Early Outcomes Fund.

Anyone interested in becoming a Volunteer/ Communication Champion can contact: Kate Tomson-Raynor

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 emails providing information on practical strategies to promote early communication, speech and language, child development and early years services.

Find out more information about how to sign up for this campaign for parents


Available training and courses

Funded Early Communication Training

All sessions are funded by Staffordshire County Council and run by Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust. Sessions will be virtual via Microsoft Teams and practitioners will need to attend all four sessions.

  • This training is for practitioners working in group based early years settings offering funded childcare places. One practitioner per setting can book on.

  • Each session will be led by a Speech and Language Therapist. Practitioners will also receive a free early communication screening tool which will be delivered to their setting prior to the training delivery. Dates are:

    • Communication with Confidence - Day 1: Monday 24 Jan 2022 -  9:30am - 3:30pm

    • Communication with Confidence - Day 2: Monday 31 Jan 2022 - 9:30am - 11:30pm

    • Early Communication Screening Training: Monday 14 Feb  2022 - 9:30am - 12:00pm

    • Time to Talk: Tuesday 1 March 2022 - 9:30am - 11:30am

  • To book on this training please provide your setting and postcode of the setting, practitioner who will attend, contact details and quoting ref EOFSTC1 to: stokespeaksout@mpft.nhs.uk.

  • Settings who have previously attended these sessions maybe added to a waiting list before a place is confirmed.

Early Years SENCO Award - For PVI group based settings

This award is an accredited training programme and is fully funded by Staffordshire County Council and run by Sara Bailey via Microsoft Teams and is for SENCO’s working in PVI group based settings. Participants should have a level 3 (or above) qualification in early years and currently working in a setting as a SENCO or towards becoming one.

  • On successful completion of the course participants will gain an NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator in Early Years Settings in addition to being awarded with one Level 4 module: Co-ordinate Special Educational Needs Provision.

  • Participants must be committed to attending 12 sessions all of which will be on Tuesdays on the following dates:

    • October 2021 - 5th, 12th and 19th 
    • November 2021: 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th 
    • December 2021: 7th and 14th 
    • January 2022: 4th and 11th 

  • For booking on please provide your setting name and postcode, name of SENCo and contact details and email: Helen Gibson

Our training partners and your privacy

Training is commissioned through the Early Outcomes Fund project via our partners. Find out more about them and the information we share


Contact us

For any further information about the Early Outcomes Fund project or events contact the Early Education and Childcare Co-ordinator Helen Gibson.

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