What the course involves

This is an elearning course, which can be started at anytime.

Children flourish in an environment that is rich with language, giving them the opportunity to develop their confidence and skills, express themselves and be able to speak and listen.

This course supports you to examine how children acquire language and explore why some children have speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).

Have you ever thought about the difference between, speech, language and communication? This course begins by explaining these terms and helps you to understand the importance of each one.

Children develop speech, language and communication at various rates, this course will help you to identify the sequence in which they acquire language skills. Typically babies and young children will understand four times as many words as they use. This is known as receptive and expressive language and is explored in this section.

You will have the opportunity to work through some scenarios and think about what you might do if you had concerns about a child's development. The causes of speech, language and communication needs vary and you will explore some of these.

The next section explores what it means to be a skilful communicator and encourages you to reflect on your own skills.

The course ends by examining English as an additional language and how to support multi-lingual children.

Cost and application

This e-learning course is available at a subsidised cost of £10, which is paid to Brighton & Hove City Council with a credit or debit card, using the online application form and secure payment system.

Once your application and payment has been received, you will be contacted with log-in details. Each learner can then access the elearning course at their own pace and at times to suit them.

This course is for practitioners working in Ofsted registered settings in Brighton & Hove.

We can accept a maximum of 2 applications per setting. Unfortunately we cannot offer this to schools or providers outside of the city.

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