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Deaf Awareness for Early Years Practitioners

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.

Join us at our upcoming workshop on 3 March 2020 in Manchester

Tickets cost £40 and sales close at 23:30 on 16 February 2020. 

Workshop Overview

This half-day workshop has been created to help mainstream early years practitioners to feel confident in supporting children with hearing loss, in their early years setting.

After taking part in the session, you will be able to explain what deafness is and some of its causes and describe best practices when communicating with children with a hearing loss. You’ll be able to use some basic signs and describe ways to use books and rhymes to support children with a hearing loss.

Topics covered:

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

Who is it for?

This workshops is designed for all mainstream early years practitioners.

How much does it cost?

This is a half day workshop, costing £40.

Book your place

Join us at our upcoming workshop on 3 March 2020 in Manchester.

Ticket sales close at 23:30 on 16 February 2020.

Can't find a suitable location?
We can also deliver a bespoke workshop package, tailored to your organisation's needs and delivered at a location that suits you.

If this is more suitable, please enquire today or contact us at

Please refer to our Terms and Conditions before booking.

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?

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


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, a charge of 100% of the total cost will be made
  • 21 - 30 working days before the planned date, a charge of 50% of the total cost will be made
  • 31 working days before the planned date, no charge will be made