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NDCS: The National Deaf Children's Society
early years deaf children

Education in the early years

Information for parents of three and four year old deaf children who want to find out how to support their child's learning in the early years. There are also tips about how to choose a primary school, and appealing against a school placement decision.

In this section

Helping your 0–2 year old deaf child to develop communication and language

Simple things you can do to develop communication and language skills in babies and young children with a hearing loss.

Choosing childcare for your deaf child

Information and a checklist to help you choose the right childcare for your child. Mum, Emma, also tells us how she made sure her three-year-old son Toby, who wears hearing aids, got the right support at nursery in our video.

Choosing a school for your deaf child

A range of information that can help you decide on a school for your deaf child.

Summer born children in England: Starting school a year late

Guidance for parents of summer born (1 April to 31 August) children who would like to delay their child's entry into reception by a year.

Developing language and literacy skills in 3–4 year old deaf children

Simple things you can do to develop language and literacy (reading and writing) skills in children with a hearing loss before they start school.

Developing maths skills in 3–4 year old deaf children

Simple things you can do to develop maths skills in children with a hearing loss before they start school. 

How early years staff can help your child achieve their potential

Nursery teachers and other staff working in early years settings might need help supporting your deaf child to achieve their potential – you can pass our guide on to them.

Free early years education

Information about the free education that three and four year old deaf children are entitled to during school term time. 

Appealing against a school placement decision

If you are not happy with the school placement that your child has been given, you have the right to appeal. We have information to guide you through the process. 

Preparing your deaf child for primary school

Guidance on how to prepare your deaf child for school life.

Quality Standards: Early years support for children with a hearing loss, aged 0 to 5 (England)

We’ve produced some quality standards that set out what we expect all good services to be doing to support deaf children in the early years.