Communication Friendly Settings

Communication Friendly Settings

Communication Friendly Settings

Become an environment which supports the communication and language development of all children by completing Elklan’s Communication Friendly Settings programme (CFS).

CFS is Elklan’s fastest growing training programme which has the largest impact on both the staff and the children within your setting. The process begins with a select number of your staff completing Elklan’s acclaimed 10-week course, Speech and Language Support (SLS). This course explores the complex subject of speech, language and communication development in children and young people and gives participants practical knowledge and skills to support children with speech, language and communication needs.

The core messages and strategies from the SLS course are then cascaded to the whole staff team in your setting (or English and SEN departments for Secondary CFS) by those who completed the SLS course. The SLS participants delivering the cascade are known as Lead Communication Practitioners (LCPs). The cascade involves five bite-sized sessions called Communication Counts. This short course gives the key methods and strategies of the SLS course to all the staff. Elklan will provide everything you need including the full support and mentoring of an Elklan Tutor during your delivery of Communication Counts.

At the end of the cascade, the LCPs receive a Level 4 accreditation and your setting is accredited as ‘Communication Friendly’. Your staff are now equipped with the knowledge, skills and strategies to create a setting that enhances and develops children’s communication, creating a rich learning environment for all and supporting children who have communication needs.

Elklan’s CFS programme has been created for four types of settings. Select the most suitable to begin your journey:

When you're ready to proceed, please contact us.

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See also

Communication Friendly Home-Based Settings (CFHBS) for childminders and foster carers

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