Early Years Professional Development Programme (EYPDP)
- Initially this is a specific programme for a small group of targeted schools / settings across the Local Authority. We currently have 16 involved in our Wakefield Partnership. The materials and resources used are by ELKLAN. We are currently putting some plans in place to roll this training out wider for Early Years Practitioners across the district.
- The EYPDP fund is focused on working with Pre-Reception Early Year’s workforce to help raise quality in settings and is targeted to benefit disadvantaged children.
- As the name suggests, the focus is on the development of staff so that they provide high quality practice which leads to improvement to the early language, literacy and numeracy skills of children aged between 2 and 4 years, by equipping practitioners with the right skills and expertise to ensure children are well-prepared for the Reception Year.
If your setting is interested in finding out more about the EYPD or would like to access some of the training, please contact EYteam@wakefield.gov.uk
Nuffield Early Language Intervention (NELI)
In August 2020 Vicky Ford (Minister for Children) announced that …
- Reception-age children would benefit from a multi-million pound package of funding to boost their early language skills.
- Schools were being urged to sign up for an early years ‘catch up’ programme focused on raising outcomes in speaking and language skills among young pupils whose education has been disrupted by Covid-19 at a crucial time for their development.
- This was the Nuffield Early Language Intervention Programme (NELI).
The Nuffield Early Language Intervention (NELI) is a 20-week targeted programme. It is designed to improve the oral language skills of Reception aged children aged 4–5 in need of language support. NELI can be delivered by a trained teaching assistant (TA), or early years educator, through small group and one-to-one sessions.
The initial focus of the programme is on expressive and receptive vocabulary, listening and narrative skills through discussion of key thematic images and the retelling, creating and summarising of stories. Towards the end of the programme, phonological awareness and letter-sound knowledge activities are also introduced as a foundation for early literacy skills.
Schools in Wakefield were offered the opportunity to undertake training to deliver NELI to Reception age pupils as part of the DfE National Tutoring Programme to address gaps in learning that have opened up as a result of the pandemic. Around 40% schools nationally have registered for the programme and are now delivering it. In Wakefield 54% of schools are either delivering the programme or have had the training and have the resources to do so which is tremendous.
The initial allocation of places was targeted at schools with the highest levels of deprivation. However, following the success of the NELI programme, which has a strong evidence base to demonstrate impact in closing language gaps, the DfE is now funding a second year of the programme for a ‘national scale up’ which will be available to all schools.
Further information / outline of the programme can be found at Home | Nuffield Early Language Intervention (NELI) (teachneli.org)
WellComm is another toolkit which was developed by Speech and Language Therapists and support settings to identify children who may have SLCN and then to plan appropriate play based activities in the setting and at home to support language development. Further information is available at WellComm – GL Assessment (gl-assessment.co.uk)