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An early years language development project The Glen and Mayfield, Cork. In Ireland, nearly one in three children in Irish schools in disadvantaged communities has severe literacy difficulties . - Eivers et al, 2005.

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An early years language development project

The Glen and Mayfield, Cork

  • In Ireland, nearly one in three children in Irish schools in disadvantaged communities has severe literacy difficulties .
  • - Eiverset al, 2005.
  • Parents are the primary educators of the child and have a pre-eminent role in promoting her/his well-being, learning and development. - Síolta ,2006

Supported by:

Tom Cavanagh TomarTrust

happy talk model
Happy Talk Model

children’s language improves

Parent child

ECCE

staff

parent & child

Home

Preschool

Junior Infants

& Beyond

Creche

Assessments & Referral

Assessments & Referral

Parents Plus

& coaching

Language Rich Environment

Nibbles & Twitch

Book Area audit/support

Bus posters

Transition Flower

Storybooks

Rhyme & rap

PEEP

Whole setting audit/support

Storypoint

Newsletter

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Challenges

Strategies

  • understanding
  • relationships
  • flexibility
  • managers/ECCE
  • incentives
  • childcare
  • Borrow-a-book
  • branding
  • creche strategy
  • involving parents
  • inter-agency working
  • top-down support
  • supports made concrete
  • mentoring
  • quality in early years settings
  • Parents Together
  • parent coaching
  • PEEP
  • behaviour issues / parenting skills
  • legacy
  • manual

staff ‘coachability’

some highlights
Some highlights

13 pre-schools

6 creches

5 Primary schools

3 PHN clinics

Engagement:

450 children engaged each year

100 staff engaged each year

789 parents engaged

127 babies & parents @ clinics

Referrals:

42 children referred to HSE SLT

28Early Intervention Intake Forum & and Assessment of Need Officer

29children have been referred to SENO

89% of children referred from Happy Talk attended for HSE SLT appointment.

Awareness:

high levels of awareness of Happy Talk – building a language rich environment

Measurable gains in children’s language development

results
Results

% children with speech and/or language delay reduced

recommendations

Thank you!

Recommendations
  • Deliver speech and language interventions in community settings
  • Support parents’ role through training & coaching
  • Support quality development in early years settings
  • Provide pre-service and in-service on speech and language development
  • Develop a collaborative interagency approach to service delivery: statutory & community
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