Adapted from National Literacy Trust’s Early Words Together, this programme aims to support the earlier identification of children who may need help with communication before the age of two, through building knowledge and confidence in early years practitioners and professionals, whilst also developing the skills and confidence of parents/carers, enabling them to consistently support their child’s speech, language and communication.
If you have received training for First Words Together, you will find everything else you may need to support delivery of family sessions here.
First Words Together training PowerPoint
You may wish to revisit the slides from the First Words Together training day, or use them to cascade the training to other staff in your setting.
First Words Together toolkit
All practitioners in the project should have received a printed version of this at training. Please contact us if you need another copy.
Parent take-away sheets
At the end of each session, practitioners will provide parents with take-away sheets with key messages for supporting their child’s communication development and simple activities to try at home. These are available to photocopy in your First Words Together toolkit, but we will be adding more take-away sheets here with QR codes linked to voiceovers in community languages.
Parent sign-in sheet
Please fill in this register at each family session so we can record how often parents are attending sessions. You can submit the log to us via email or post at the end of the cycle of sessions.
Photo permission form
As part of the project, you may want to share photos of families taking part in the sessions.
Please help parents to complete the National Literacy Trust permission form if you would like to send us photos of staff, parents and children in your setting.
First Words Together in Birmingham is being externally evaluated by CREC. It is important to collect survey data from both practitioners and parents to pass on to CREC and we ask for your timely support with this.
Please support parents to fill in this monitoring form when they book on to First Words Together, before they start sessions.
In the first session, please ask parents to complete the short survey available to download and print from the menu on the left. Once filled in, practitioners are asked to keep the surveys safe to return to parents in the last session to complete again (instructions for completion are included on the survey). This will help to see if there have been any changes for the parent or child since taking part in First Words Together.
When you have completed a cycle of First Words Together sessions, please make sure all surveys are sent to CREC at the address below (we will provide stamped addressed envelopes to you).
Alternatively you can pass surveys to Laura Michelangeli or Gaganpreet Basra, or scan and email to firstname.lastname@example.org - whatever is easiest for you!
The quick tips provide parents with ideas for helping their child develop good listening and talking skills. Here you can access the quick tips in 17 different languages!