How Can We Help
Staff Learning and Development
TalkFirst is a UK registered learning provider (UKRLP no 10027331) and offers TalkFirst Professional Training for early years professionals. We deliver innovative and lively certificated courses to help your staff incorporate signing as part of the daily communication within your setting.
Weekly classes in settings
Delivered by our local tutors. All tutors are trained to deliver classes in settings in addition to classes for parents/carers. Tutors are flexible regarding delivery and can offer weekly / bi-weekly classes in 6 week blocks, for groups of up to 15 children – please contact your local tutor to discuss what works best in your setting.
- 30 minute stimulating classes for babies and young children up to 30 months
- Each class is different over the course of an academic year
- 8 new signs introduced each week
- A different theme each week – eg: bath time, zoo animals, transport, meal times
- Classes include instruments, songs, rhymes, puppets, props and activities
- Classes are inclusive for children with additional needs, or English as an additional language, and use a multi-sensory approach
Improved Outcomes for children
TalkFirst Professional Training and weekly classes contribute to the following areas of good practice in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) within settings:
A unique child
Learning & development
EYFS Prime areas
Communication & Language
Personal, social & emotional development
EYFS Specific areas
Understanding the world
Characteristics of Effective Teaching & Learning
Playing & Exploring
Learning & development
Offer an inclusive service
Personal & emotional development
Speech, Language and Communication Framework
TalkFirst contributes to the Universal stage of the framework, which has been developed by The Communication Trust. For some competences knowledge is specifically aimed around signing.
Find out more: https://www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk/early-years/
I CAN Early Talk accreditation
Implementation of skills and knowledge gained through TalkFirst Professional Training, together with completion of the Course Action Plan provides ‘portfolio evidence’ towards I CAN accreditation at both Supportive and Enhanced Levels.
Find out more: https://icancharity.org.uk/early-talk-accreditation
TalkFirst is part of a larger training organisation called HearFirst.
HearFirst is passionate about delivering quality sign language, deaf and disability awareness training throughout the UK. If you require deaf and disability awareness training then find out more at: http://www.hearfirst.org.uk/