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Language Development in the Early Years: Progress and Priorities for Closing the Attainment Gap

This event examines language development in the early years – including the policies, approaches, and environments designed to close the language attainment gap.

Closing the Gap – Getting Language Right in the Early Years

Children’s language development in the first few years of life can have a profound impact on their later educational attainment throughout school and into adulthood. The foundations we lay in the early years are therefore crucial to realising the Scottish Government’s ambition of closing the poverty-related attainment gap. 

Join us for this highly interactive event as we examine the policies around language development in the early years, ask what progress is being made in closing the language attainment gap, and explore examples of good practice that can benefit your work and organisation.

Key issues we'll explore with you

  • Policy context around language development in the early years, including the rationale for the expansion of early learning and childcare entitlement to 1140 hours
  • Translating policy into practice – overcoming challenges
  • Collaboration between speech and language therapists and early years practitioners 
  • Creating the right environment for language development
  • Working with families to create positive home learning environments
  • Supporting children with complex support needs
  • Examples of practical activities to support language development

Confirmed speakers

  • Sue Palmer, Independent Writer and Education Consultant; Chair, Upstart Scotland 
  • Alison Gooding, Speech and Language Therapist, East Ayrshire Early Years Team
  • Dr Lynne Duncan, Director, Language and Learning Lab 

Who should attend?

  • Speech & Language Therapists
  • Nursery Managers
  • Early Years Practitioners
  • Early Learning and Childcare Quality Officers
  • Early Years Development Managers
  • Early Years
  • Pedagogues
  • Education Support Officers
  • Teachers
  • Literacy Teachers
  • Head Teachers
  • Principal Teachers

09:30 Registration and Refreshments

09:55 Welcome and Introduction from the Chair

Session 1: Closing the Language Attainment Gap

  • Policy context around language development in the early years, including the rationale for the expansion of early learning and childcare entitlement to 1140 hours
  • Translating policy into practice – overcoming challenges

10:00 Opening Address

Senior Policymaker

10:15 Questions and Discussion with senior policymaker

10:30 Senior Speaker

10:50 Sue Palmer, Independent Writer and Education Consultant; Chair, Upstart Scotland 

11:10 Questions and Discussion

11:20 Refreshments and Networking

Session 2: Supporting Language Development in Practice

  • Examples of practical activities to support language development
  • Supporting children with complex support needs
  • Working with families to create positive home learning environments

11:40 Senior Speaker

12:00 Alison Gooding, Speech and Language Therapist, East Ayrshire Early Years Team

12:20 Questions and Discussion

12:30 Lunch and Networking

Session 3: Next Steps for Supporting Language Development in the Early Years

13:20 Interactive Discussion

Delegates will be divided into small groups to discuss what can be learned from the morning presentations for their own work and organisations. Discussions will be led by a question set to each table.

14:00 Panel Discussion

Topics for discussion include:

  • Creating the right environment for language development
  • Encouraging collaboration between speech and language therapists and early years practitioners 
  • Ensuring all early years settings are involved in multi-agency networks to enhance language development

Panellists:

Dr Lynne Duncan, Director, Language and Learning Lab 

14:50 Summary and Closing Remarks

15:00 Close of Event

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Date
25 Feb 2020
Venue
Central Edinburgh
Cost
Reduced Rate
1 place £145+ VAT

Voluntary/charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m

Standard Rate
1 place £245+ VAT | 2+ places £195+ VAT per place

Public sector organisations and voluntary/charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m

Private Sector Rate
1 place £295+VAT | 2+ places £245+ VAT per place

Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP

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