Bookings open for childhood deafness conference

The National Deaf Children’s Society is organising a learning opportunity for early years professionals.

Bookings are open for the National Deaf Children’s Society's conference for early years professionals who work with deaf children.

The conference, which takes place in Birmingham on 8 June, is aimed at education and healthcare professionals who want to share best practice and expand their knowledge of the challenges facing deaf children.

With presentations by Department for Education director of Early Years and Childcare Helen Stephenson, Family and Childcare Trust Chief Executive Julia Margo, and the National Deaf Children’s Society Chief Executive Susan Daniels, the conference will offer delegates an opportunity to learn about emerging challenges and opportunities in the early years sector as well as the policy framework affecting deaf children.

The event, which takes place at Conference Aston in Birmingham, offers a range of workshop discussions on topics such as EHCPs (Education, Health and Care Plans), what the Equality Act means for deaf children, and the funding framework.  It also includes practical sessions on how to help deaf children develop language and communication, preparing deaf children for Early Years settings, and how to create good listening conditions in an early years environment. 

Audiologist Vicki Kirwin will offer advice on what deaf children can and cannot hear, whilst tech guru Chris Bowden will share tips on what technology works best for the under-fives.

Jane Collis, Head of Professional Training and Consultancy at the National Deaf Children’s Society, said: “Deaf children can do anything other children can do, if given the right support from the start. This conference will give early years professionals expert insight to support deaf children to achieve their potential.”

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