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HELLO improvement framework: Helping nurseries improve their language and literacy provision

Added 10 Aug 2017

The Helping Early Language and Literacy Outcomes (HELLO) improvement framework is a quality improvement tool for early years settings who want to improve their communication, language and literacy provision.

The self-evaluation framework provides prompts, critical questions and resources to help settings identify their strengths and areas for development. The framework examines the following three key areas:

  • partnerships with parents
  • skilled practitioners
  • enabling environments

The HELLO framework helps you gather evidence and turn it into an action plan. The process also supports further reflection, so settings can evaluate the impact of any improvements they make. The self-evaluation can be completed as a whole team exercise or undertaken by a senior lead or manager.

How it was developed

The framework was developed from a programme that the National Literacy Trust ran with five early years teaching schools and two local authority early years teams. We jointly developed the HELLO improvement framework and tested it fully with 74 early years settings across England between April 2015 and March 2016.

Our best practice examples show how nurseries have used the HELLO framework to improve their language and literacy provision and to complement the Infant Toddler Environment Rating Scale (ITERS) and the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS).

Our literacy apps website can also help early years practitioners and parents find the best apps to support language and literacy development. If you choose to use apps with your child, it is important to be aware that there is still no definitive research about the impact of using screens on developing brains. Please use your own judgement to consider what is reasonable screen time and app use, and encourage children to have a balance of activities across their day.

Supplementary resources and training

This section is only available to schools and settings once they have undertaken National Literacy Trust's HELLO training. The resources are only open to those who have:

  • Purchased training for HELLO from the National Literacy Trust
  • Taken part in strategic, funded delivery of HELLO training, led by the National Literacy Trust

Below is a brief description of each resource.

HELLO training materials

These activities compliment the training PowerPoint. You already did these activities at the initial training. Now you can use them to cascade training to the rest of your setting.

  • HELLO training PowerPoint: A training PowerPoint to enable you to cascade language and social emotional development training to other practitioners at your setting.
  • Child development milestones: Participants review the developmental milestones for children 0-5 and match them to the appropriate age on the chart.
  • Talk strategies: Evidence-based strategies for supporting children's language. Share these strategies with practitioners at your setting. Review those that you use most/least often.

Evaluation materials:

  • Action planning template: Complete this template and submit it National Literacy Trust before you start your action plan.
  • Case study template: Complete this case study after you have run the action plan at your setting.
  • Case study example: Read this sample case study to see an example of what yours can look like.