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Deaf Awareness for Early Years Practitioners - CPD accredited

Photo: Learn about deafness and how best to support a deaf child in your setting

Do you want to feel confident in supporting children with a hearing loss in your early years setting?

Deaf children can do anything other children can do, given the right support from the start. Effective language and communication skills lie at the heart of their social, emotional and intellectual development.

Training overview

This online CPD accredited training has been designed to help you feel confident in supporting children with hearing loss, in your setting.

During this training you will learn what deafness is and some of its causes. You will also be able to describe best practices when communicating with children with a hearing loss.

You’ll leave able to use some basic signs and describe ways to use books and rhymes to support children with a hearing loss

Book your place

Join us at one of our upcoming online training workshops.

This training is made up of 2 modules:

  • 1x e-learning module
  • 1x live webinar

You will need to complete both modules to complete the training.

Location and cost

Each event will be held online on Zoom, and costs £20. Ticket sales will close 1 week before the start of the event.

Membership discounts

As a member of the National Deaf Children's Society, you are entitled to a discount on our training events and conferences.

If your organisation is signed up to our Educational membership you are entitled to a 50% discount.

If you are an individual Professional member you are entitled to a 10% discount.

Please contact us for your discount code.


All communication support requirements including captions and BSL interpreting are available by request only, when booking.

March 2024 - online workshop

Date: Thursday 21 March 2024
Time: 6pm to 7:30pm
Cost: £20

More information about this training

This training covers:

  • What is deafness?
  • What causes childhood deafness?
  • Technology
  • Using gestures and iconic signs
  • Using books with deaf children

Who is this training for?

This workshop is designed for all mainstream early years practitioners.

CPD accreditation

2 CPD hours / points
Certified by CPD UK

Meet the trainer

Sian Wilson

Sian has worked at the National Deaf Children’s Society since 2011 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.

If you are interested in finding out more about any of these workshop dates, please contact us at [email protected].

“…really useful and have already implemented some ideas…” Nursery Practitioner, 2019

Is this training CPD accredited?

Yes, this online training is CPD accredited and will equate to 2 CPD hours / points, certified by CPD UK. Delegates who complete this training will receive a certificate of attendance.

Can I join using any device?

You can access these workshops on any compatible device. We would recommend you join via your computer or laptop to fully contribute through the day. You can join using a phone or tablet if necessary, however we cannot guarantee that all of the functions will work on these devices.

Do I need to do any prep before attending the live webinar?

Yes, you will need to complete the following two tasks prior to the live workshop:

  • pre-event survey: a mandatory survey to gauge current confidence levels
  • e-learning module: a mandatory e-learning module that will take roughly 1 hour to complete.

Both of these will be available for completion on our online training hub, prior to the live workshop. We will provide you with log in details closer to the event date, if you do not already have an account.

Do I need to book my own communication support?

No. If you require a BSL interpreter or captions please let us know and we will book it for you.

What if I need to cancel?

If you are unable to attend and need to cancel your place, please contact us at [email protected]. Refunds will be available as below.

If you cancel:

  • 7 working days or less before the planned date, you will be charged 100% of the total cost
  • 8-14 working days before the planned date, you will be charged 50% of the total cost
  • 15 working days before the planned date, you will not be charged.

Please note, if you cancel your place you will be cancelling both modules. Cancellations and refunds are not available for individual modules.


Do I need to be a member?

No, however if you'd like to become a professional member you can join for free. Our membership allows you to join our community of professionals who are supporting deaf children, young people and their families throughout the UK.

Here is more information to set up your free membership.


Can I give my place to a friend or colleague if I can't come?

Yes, however you must notify us in advance, at least 3 days before the workshop takes place via [email protected].


Can I share my log in details with a friend of colleague to join?

No. The log in details are for 1 person only.

There will be a registration period prior to the start of the event where we will be checking the name of those entering against the delegate list (names of those registered to the purchased tickets).

If your name does not feature on the list, you will not be allowed entry to the webinar.


I can't find a suitable date, what other options are there?

We can also deliver a bespoke workshop package, tailored to your organisation's needs and delivered online at a time that suits you. 

If this is more suitable, please enquire today or contact us at [email protected].