The Talk With Me: Speech, Language and Communication (SLC) Delivery Plan 2020-21 was published for consultation on 30 January 2020. The delivery plan has been developed in consultation with the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and the Flying Start SLC Clinical Excellence Network which has helped us identify the actions we need to take over the coming years. This cross-government plan which includes Education, Health, and ‘Social Policy’, will lead to a more joined-up approach to engaging with families, and builds upon existing families and what works.

The Welsh Government’s Talk with Me Speech, Language and Communication (SLC) delivery plan was published in November 2020. The development of the delivery plan includes commitments from a variety of stakeholders. One of the commitments relates to the sharing of best practice for the SLC workforce in Wales. These pages will continue to be updated with new developments and materials. Please get in touch with us if you have any suggestions for content that could be added to this focus page.

Catherine Pape – Catherine.pape@gov.wales
Claire Butler – Claire.butler003@gov.wales

Update on ‘Talk With Me’ for the National Association of Professionals concerned with Language Impairment in Children (NAPLIC)

The Welsh Government published its Speech, Language and Communication (SLC) Delivery Plan in November 2020. The cross-government delivery plan aims to ensure that children throughout Wales have access to high quality, universal, targeted and specialist support in the early years to develop their SLC skills. This cross-cutting plan is the first of its kind in the United Kingdom.

Resources

Virtual Families First/Flying Start conference presentations (17.06.2021): 

SLC training for childcare practitioners

The following spreadsheet has been designed as a record which can be used to monitor practitioners’ SLC training. It is downloadable and fully editable, and is for your own use:

SLC training for CIW and ESTYN inspectors

Early language webinar
The following webinar was held on 28 September 2020 and is in two parts. Presenters include:

  • Dr Catherine Laing: Cardiff University, ‘From Babble to Words: Perspectives from Research in Early Language Development’
  • Helen Wales: Head of country Wales, Booktrust Cymru, ‘Sharing books, sharing talk, supporting families’
  • Megan Wright: Research Project Coordinator at the Hungry Mind Lab, University of York, ‘Gene-Environment Interplay in Early Life Cognitive Development’
  • Dr Nayeli Gonzalez Gomez: Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Oxford Brooks University, ‘The effects of social distancing policies on children’s cognitive development’

Presentations

Childcare webinar: Focus on SLC
The following webinar was held on 29 September 2020 and is in two parts. Presenters include:

  • Megan Wright: Research Project Coordinator at the Hungry Mind Lab, University of York, ‘Gene- Environment Interplay in Early Life Cognitive Development’
  • Helen Wales: Head of country Wales, Booktrust Cymru, ‘Sharing books, sharing talk, supporting families’
  • Catherine Pape and Claire Butler, National SLC co-ordinators: SLC Research summary
  • Talk with Me Delivery Plan, including SLC training options for the childcare workforce

Note: A fire alarm interrupted a presentation during this section of the webinar. Please skip from 09:50 to 17:05 during which there is silence.

  • Flying Start Parents Pack

Catherine Pape
National Speech, Language and Communication Co-ordinator
Children and Families Division
Education and Public Services Group
Welsh Government
catherine.pape@gov.wales