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Early years education

Photo: Providing the right support for children in early years education

View our range of resources for all education professionals working in the early years on deaf friendly teaching and supporting deaf children in the early years.

Recognising the signs of hearing loss

If you work in the early years or a primary school, there is a high chance that a child in your care will have an undiagnosed hearing loss.

This is usually a temporary hearing loss caused by glue ear. Eight out of ten deaf children will experience glue ear before the age of 10.

It could also be a permanent hearing loss. Over half of deaf children become deaf during childhood. This usually happens in the first three years of life.

Any hearing loss, even if it’s temporary or mild, can have a big impact, particularly in the early years when children are developing their speech and language skills.

Find out more about recognising the signs of hearing loss.

Supporting the achievement of hearing impaired children in early years settings

This resource is for anyone working with deaf children in early years settings, including nursery, playgroup, parent and toddler group, crèche, pre-school, or at home if you are a childminder.

Download 'Supporting the achievement of hearing impaired children in early years settings'.

Success from the start

This resource was created to help families of deaf children and those that support them observe, monitor and record the progress their child makes.

Success from the start is designed to help you:

  • share your observations of your child
  • recognise the importance of what they're doing now
  • support you in asking questions and understanding your child's development
  • be clear about what sorts of things your child may do next
  • have ideas as to what you and others can do to help.

Download 'Success from the start: a developmental resource for families of children aged 0-3'.

Assessments of deaf children and young people

Our assessments web pages provide information on the range of different specialist assessments available to professionals working with deaf children in each of the following areas:

  • early communication skills
  • language
  • listening
  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • cognitive development
  • social and emotional development.

You can also learn more of the key principles involved in effective use of assessments.

Creating good listening conditions

We've produced a series of resources to set out the simple steps that can be taken to improve the listening environment in nurseries, schools, and other education settings.

Education, Health and Care plans (England)

We’ve worked with the National Sensory Impairment Partnership (NatSIP) to produce a range of resources to help practitioners in carrying out EHC needs assessments for deaf children and young people and drawing up EHC plans.

Mild hearing loss

Our booklet on mild hearing loss is for mainstream teachers and nursery staff. It explains the major impact a mild hearing loss can have on a child, and what you can do to support a child with a mild hearing loss in your class.

Watch the 'Mild hearing loss, major impact' video that accompanies this booklet below:

Tips for teaching deaf children with a mild hearing loss

This video explains the major impact a mild hearing loss can have on a child in school, and what professionals can do to support a child with a mild hearing loss in their class. 

Radio aids in the early years

Take a look at our resources on the use of radio aids in the early years, including an FAQ, case studies and a briefing on safety issues.

Children who use English as an additional language

This resource provides advice on support to deaf children of all ages who speak English as an additional language (EAL), including children who have yet to start school and their families. The resource is aimed at Teachers of the Deaf and other professionals who work with deaf children who use EAL, including special or additional needs coordinators and EAL coordinators.

Download 'Supporting the achievement of deaf children who use English as an additional language (EAL)'.

A short top-tips video on supporting children who use EAL is also available.

We would like to thank the Bell Foundation for their funding, expertise and support in the development of these resources.

What are you feeling? A guide to help deaf children understand and identify their emotions

Deaf children can lack the vocabulary to 'label' their feelings. This workbook is for teachers to work through with children to help them expand their emotional vocabulary so that they can understand and identify how they feel.

Download the 'What are you feeling?' workbook.

Other education resources

We have a list of other education resources which have been developed by the Government or other organisations for education professionals that may be helpful for your work with deaf children.