Communication Friendly Settings - Early Years

Communication Friendly Settings - Early Years

Communication Friendly Settings - Early Years

Whole-setting training and accreditation for early years settings

About the programme

Elklan Communication Friendly Setting (CFSe) accreditation is awarded to settings that have trained and support all their staff in communication and language development. They will also have shown evidence of embedding this knowledge in targeted interventions and through the implementation of a Communication Policy.

Accreditation can be achieved in one year and can be renewed after three years. It is the most cost-effective strategy available for whole-setting capacity building in communication.


Got a question?

We'd welcome an opportunity to talk with you about how your setting can become Elklan Communication Friendly.

Regular Q&A sessions for schools and settings interested in gaining Communication Friendly Status are held via webinar. Click on one of the dates below to book your free place. Please ensure that you view the following PowerPoint before attending a webinar:

Additional webinars are held for tutors only. Please log in to check availability and apply.

What is Communication Counts?

Communication Counts is a course written by us which your Lead Communication Practitioner delivers to all the staff in your setting; this includes any administrative staff or lunchtime supervisors, in fact, anyone who speaks with the children! We provide the teaching notes, mentoring and resources to facilitate this and support the LCP to achieve level 4 accreditation. Your LCP won’t attend another course but will analyse the embedding and impact of the training in your setting.

The five sessions cover:

What does it cost? What's included?

Speech and Language Support

Speech and Language Support for 0-3s and Speech and Language Support for 3-5s can be accessed either through Elklan e-learning or your local Elklan tutor. Prices for training run by your local Elklan Tutor may vary.

  • Online training accredited at level 3 delivered via blended learning costs £350 - £360 per person plus VAT.
  • Each member of your staff completing this training will receive access to the corresponding Language Builders e-book. We highly recommend each practitioner going on to become an LCP in your setting also has a hard copy of the Language Builders book available. Please contact us for pricing information.

Please contact us for detailed information and we will provide a bespoke quote.

Creating Communication Friendly Settings

Costs vary with the level of support required from Elklan.

Please contact us for up to date pricing information.

How do we get started?

Attend a Q&A webinar where you can ask questions and find out answers that are pertinent for your setting. When you wish to proceed, please contact us.

Settings who have completed level 3 training

Work through this e-learning session on how the CFSe process works to find answers to those important questions you have:

Those settings which have completed level 3 training and have been advised by a member of Elklan staff to book their LCPs on a level 4 CFSe - Early Years course can do so by selecting one of the available options below. Your place will not be confirmed until approved by a member of Elklan staff.

Accredited Online Training
New Communication Friendly Settings - Early Years courses will be arranged soon - please click here to register your interest.

Please note these courses are only for those settings who do not already have their own Elklan tutor. If you have an Elklan tutor already, please contact them directly to discuss your next steps.


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How to Renew

Full details of the requirements and procedure for renewing an award of Communication Friendly status are available here:

Renewal Procedures

CFSe EY Renewal Procedure where a new Level-4 trained staff member is not needed

CFSe EY Renewal Procedure where a new Level-4 trained staff member is needed

Talk to your local Elklan Tutor about how to renew your CFSe status, or contact us.

Flyers and other downloads

Evaluation Reports

Accredited Settings

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