How early years staff can help your child achieve their potential
Free guide to download
Children with a hearing loss have particular needs that are different from hearing children. Nursery teachers and other staff working in early years settings might need help supporting your deaf child to achieve their potential.
You can help by passing on our guide 'Supporting the achievement of hearing impaired children in early years settings' to your child’s nursery teacher or other early years staff.
The guide gives tips about:
- How to ensure a successful start for deaf children.
- The implications of deafness on learning.
- The different types of hearing technology and how to ensure they’re working properly.
- How to create an environment where deaf children can hear better.
- Communicating with deaf children, and helping them communicate with others.
- Supporting deaf children’s language development, listening, attention and concentration skills.
- Helping deaf children’s social and emotional development through social integration, promoting a positive self image, independence and self advocacy.
- Assessing and monitoring a child’s progress.
- Ensuring the move to primary school is well planned for.
To read the full guide, follow the link below. If you’re not already an
NDCS member, you’ll need to sign up for free to access it. NDCS members
also have free access to a range of information resources, support
services, and events.
- DVD for staff working with deaf children in the early years
- Video clips explaining who the professionals are that support deaf children
- Early Years Action and Early Years Action Plus
- Creating good listening conditions for learning in education: for parents
- Special educational needs (SEN) support: meeting the needs of deaf children and young people without an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan (England)
Also in this Section
- Education in the early years
- Choosing a deaf-friendly school
- Developing reading and writing skills in 3–4 year old deaf children
- Developing maths skills in 3–4 year old deaf children
- How early years staff can help your child achieve their potential
- Is my deaf child entitled to free early years education?
- My child didn't get into our choice of school – what now?
- Preparing your deaf child for primary school
- Helping your Deaf Child to Develop Communication and Language (0–2)
- Summer born children in England: Starting school a year late
- Choosing childcare for your deaf child
- Quality Standards for early years services for deaf children: What parents need to know (England)