Our Work

Our Work

Our Work

We're very proud of the success Elklan has had in helping the wider educational workforce to develop the speaking and listening skills of all children and young people, and especially those with particular needs.

We consistently receive feedback informing us that our courses are enjoyable, as well as extremely useful and informative.

We're also pleased to be key players in Government-funded programmes such as TALK Derby, where our training has supported major efforts to improve social mobility in the city.

Early Years Professional Development Programme (EYPDP)

Elklan is proud to have been funded by the Dept of Education in England to provide the training material for the Early Years Professional Development Programme (EYPDP) and to be key players in devising the programme and disseminating the training through our network of tutors to over 50 Local Authorities across England.

We are delighted that phase two of the programme, EYPDP – Building on Success, continued to use our training and tutors to deliver accredited courses to Early Years practitioners in a further 51 Local Authorities.

Herefordshire County Council (EYPDP)

From 2019 to October 2021, Elklan delivered an extensive programme to develop the confidence and skills of Early Years workforce in Herefordshire in supporting children at risk of developing or with speech, language and communication needs.

Elklan Tutors based in the Hereford area delivered accredited training to 189 EYPs, and supported 51 pre-schools and nurseries to achieve Elklan’s Communication Friendly Setting (CFSe) status. 21 childminders worked hard to attain Communication Friendly Home-Based Setting (CFHBS) status

Evidence-Based Practice

Explore the links below to view the evidence which has been collated over the years by those who have used Elklan as their training of choice.



Funded by the Communication Consortium’s Grant Programme. Professor Judy Clegg, Dr. Sarah Spencer and Genna White - University of Sheffield. Henrietta McLachlan, Alex Hall and Heather Price - Elklan Training.



Early language screening and intervention can be delivered successfully at scale: evidence from a cluster randomized controlled trial West, G., Snowling M.J., Lervag A., Buchanan-Worster, E., Duta M., Hall, A., McLachlan, H. and Hulme, C. (2021), Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry

Talking Matters


Evaluating the Elklan Talking Matters Programme: Exploring the impact of a training programme for early years professionals on pre-school children’s language development Clegg J., Rohde C., McLachlan H., Elks L., Hall A. (2020), Child Language Teaching and Therapy, Vol. 36(2) 109–125

Communication Friendly Settings


External evaluation of London Schools Excellence Funding (involving primary and secondary schools):
Speech and Language Support for 3-5s

This course was formerly Speech and Language Support for Under 5s

Speech and Language Support for 5-11s

This course was formerly Speech and Language Support in the Clasroom

Speech and Language Support for 11-16s
Let's Talk with Under 5s
Reports covering several Elklan courses
Elklan and ECAT