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Early Years Networking Groups

Photo: Credit Amit Lennon

Meet other practitioners working in early years settings and develop your expertise to better support deaf children

We are establishing UK-wide groups of practitioners who work with children in the early years. The groups will meet four times a year to share knowledge, experience and good practice.

By joining a group, you will:

  • develop your practice to plan and provide for deaf children who attend your setting, or may do so in future
  • network with practitioners in similar roles
  • receive training, expert advice, practical tips and resources. 

Who these groups are for

These groups will be most helpful for practitioners working with children under the age of five, such as teachers, nursery workers, nannies, childminders and librarians.

You do not need to be a member to attend, however, signing up is free, easy, and allows access to resources and information. Find out more about becoming a member.

Upcoming meetings

These groups will meet four times per year.

Our first meeting will focus on practical activities and strategies for improving the social and emotional development of deaf children. We will work together to share ideas and knowledge of this area, and come up with practical activities for you to implement in your settings.

We will be joined by a guest speaker who specialises in the social and emotional development of deaf children.

You have two dates and times to choose from. Both meetings will be held on Zoom.

  • 25 January 2022
  • 4pm to 5.15pm
  • 27 January 2022
  • 6.30pm to 7.45pm

Your host

The groups will be hosted by Mark Lowes, our Bright Start Programme Officer.

Our expert, Mark Lowes, Bright Start Programme Officer

Mark has worked at the National Deaf Children’s Society since 2018. He specialises in education and learning for deaf children in settings suitable for children under five.

Mark primarily works with professionals working in the early years, helping them to overcome barriers to learning and inclusion for deaf young children. 

Prior to this, he worked in nurseries, as a primary school teacher, and as a Higher Education lecturer teaching early childhood development and primary education.