Foundation Stage

We have a flexible approach to our training. All authorities offer six session courses which are run fortnightly over 12 weeks. Our Foundation Stage training is offered and can be accessed in two ways: as a six session course or as half or full day courses. Once the Introductory session has been delivered all other sessions can 'stand alone'.


This introductory session includes developing knowledge through the Language for Learning model of speech, language and communication skills; typical language development; an introduction to the range of needs within SLCN and identification tools.

Processing Information & Instructions

Understanding why children with SLCN experience difficulty with verbal information and instructions; recognising children with these difficulties; improving your own communication skills and implementing, adapting and monitoring practical strategies.

Understanding the Meaning of Words

Understanding the complexity of developing vocabulary skills; recognising children with poor vocabulary and word knowledge; and implementing, adapting and monitoring strategies.

Social Communication Skills

Understanding the range of skills required to communicate and develop social relationships effectively; recognising young children experiencing specific difficulties in this area; and implementing, adapting and monitoring strategies in a variety of social and play contexts.

Activity Resource Trail

This practical session provides the opportunity to explore a range of commercial resources and materials; focusing on adaptation of resources to meet individual children's needs.


The final session is focused on a whole setting approach to meet the needs of children with SLCN; providing information about local services and support.