Speech and Language in Early Years

Waltham Forest Council has commissioned the All Talk communication project to raise awareness of the importance of good Speech, Language and Communication skills for all young children in early years settings in Waltham Forest. 

The All Talk communication project has developed five key messages listed on the links below. They have also developed a series of Top Tips for successful communication to give all children the best chance to listen, learn and take part.


Talk2gether is a parent based home-learning programme, designed to be delivered by early year’s practitioners. It aims to support parents to identify ways they can help their child’s language development through everyday routines and activities.

It lasts for 4 weeks and should be delivered by the child’s key person. There are 4 activities which parents are encouraged to try at home or while out and about.

Practitioners can ‘mix and match’ to find what works best for the family, repeating some activities more than once if they would like to.

The aims are:

  • For parents to feel more confident to support their child’s language development
  • For parents to spend more time sharing books with their child
  • For practitioners to develop their confidence to support parents in ways to help their child

Please contact us if you would like to use the toolkit in your setting. You will find some support documents for Speech Language and Communication Needs on the downloads below.

We are planning on delivering Talk2gether training to more settings in the Summer Term.

Email: nem-tr.alltalk@nhs.net
Telephone: 02084307970

Speech and Language Downloads

Developing Play

Support for developing play skills


Visual Cues

Support for using visual clues


Joint Attention

Support for developing joint attention



Understanding and using scaffolding language

Last update: Monday 7th of October 2019 09:26:00 AM