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Information for Nurseries

How SLCN can impact the progress of children at nursery

Speech, language and communication are the building blocks for a child’s learning and development and have a huge impact on a child’s ability to develop in a nursery setting. Early intervention has huge benefits for children who are displaying speech, language and communication difficulties. Some of the benefits include:

Increased self esteem and confidence

The impact of COVID 19 on childrens SLCN

  • Increased self esteem and confidence
  • Increased independence
  • Ability to communicate with others and develop friendships with their peers
  • Upskilling nursery staff and parents on how to create a language rich environment
  • Supporting nursery staff and parents with the correct strategies on how to develop language and language and communication skills at nursery and at home
  • Increasing access to education

The impact of COVID 19 on childrens SLCN

Covid has had a huge impact on children’s abilities to understand language and use language in order to communicate with others. Covid also reduced the amount of social interaction that children were exposed to, meaning that skills such as joint attention, turn taking and participating in small groups are sometimes difficult for children. Covid also had an impact on all services with increased waiting lists.

Training for nurseries

Seaside SaLT provides training in nursery settings helping staff recognise and support speech, language and communication needs. Training packages include :

→ Creating communication friendly environments
→ Using total communication approach
→ recognising SLCN in 0-4 year olds
→ Typical Developmental Milestones in children aged 0-4 years
→ Supporting staff to deliver care plans and therapy programs

If you have concerns about any children in your setting. Individual children can be referred to Seaside SaLT with parents consent (please see private client information). If you are concerned about a number of children, Seaside SaLT can also offer assessment days, group or 1-1 therapy or staff training to meet their needs.

You can also find our information leaflets, which are free to download in the shop!