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Supporting Deaf Children in Early Years Settings

Photo: Feel confident in knowing how to include a deaf child in your early years setting

Are you an early years practitioner working with deaf children? Are you looking for ideas on how to improve the support you give to deaf children?

Good support in the early years will help deaf children reach their full potential. This workshop has been developed for mainstream early years practitioners to prepare for and to support deaf children in their care.

Our one-day workshop, created for all mainstream practitioners in early years settings, will help you to fully include deaf children in the life of your nursery or home setting. You'll learn about changes you can make to your setting or your practice that will benefit all children.

Topics Covered

  • Understanding deafness and its causes in the early years
  • Language and communication for deaf children aged 0-5 years
  • Technology that can be used with deaf children
  • Welcoming a deaf child into your setting
  • Developing play with deaf children
  • Using books and rhymes with deaf children
  • Working in partnership with parents

By the end of this workshop you will feel confident in knowing how to include a deaf child in your early years setting.

Who is this for?

This workshop is designed for all practitioners who are new to working with deaf children in an early years setting.

Tailoring to your organisation’s needs

Whilst the topics covered as part of this workshop remain consistent, our expert trainers will work to apply the content to the context of your specific organisation.

Book your bespoke training package

If you are interested in discussing this bespoke training package further or would like to book an event, please enquire today or contact us at [email protected].

We will endeavour to get back to you within 5 days to discuss your requirements.

Meet the trainer

Sian Wilson has worked at the National Deaf Children’s Society for seven years supporting families of deaf children and the professionals working with them. Her current role involves developing and delivering training to practitioners working with deaf children in the early years.

Sian has over 30 years’ experience of supporting children and their families, including six years in a Hearing Impaired department of a primary school and 11 years working in a deprived area in Wales as part of Sure Start.

Sian initially qualified as an NNEB and also has a degree in Childhood Studies. She has qualified with Council for the Advancement of Communication with Deaf People (CACDP) stage 2.

What do delegates say?

“I can’t say how much I enjoyed the course. It was so brilliantly put together, clear, informative, revealing, profound and moving.” Music teacher

"This course has been very interesting as I have found out new things to work, resources, information on deafness generally." Childminder Assistant

"This course has made me think about and make changes to the acoustics of my playroom." Childminder


What if I need to cancel?

You can cancel your place at any time, however the following charges apply.

  • 20 working days or less before the planned date - you will be charged 100% of the total cost
  • 21 - 30 working days before the planned date - you will be charged 50% of the total cost
  • 31 working days before the planned date - you will not be charged