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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.

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Assessments of deaf children and young people

Our resource includes examples of a range of assessments commonly used with deaf children and young people of all ages in communication, language, listening, literacy, numeracy, cognitive development and social/emotional development. It also includes guidance on issues to consider when carrying out assessments as well as examples of assessments in practice.

Download the resource now

Watch our video below to get step-by-step instructions on how to use the resource with Teacher of the Deaf Tina.

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Creating good listening conditions for learning in education

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.  

Success from the start: A developmental resource for families of deaf children aged 0-3

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.

You can download Success from the start here

Mild hearing loss

Our booklet for mainstream teachers and nursery staff 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. 

Supporting the achievement of deaf children who use English as an additional language

The 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. 

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A short top-tips video 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 workbook now

Other education resources

These resources have been developed by the Government or other organisations for education professionals that may be helpful for your work with deaf children.

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