Early Talk Boost

For children 3-4 with delayed language, Early Talk Boost narrows the gap between them and their peers



Early Talk Boost

What is Early Talk Boost?

Early Talk Boost is a targeted intervention aimed at 3-4 year old children with delayed language helping to boost their language skills to help narrow the gap between them and their peers. The programme aims to accelerate children’s progress in language and communication by an average of 6 months, after a nine week intervention. 

Who is Early Talk Boost training for?

The training is for early years practitioners working with groups of 3-4 year olds in early years settings. Participants will develop the skills and knowledge to understand the rationale behind Early Talk Boost, identify appropriate children, measure their progress and deliver the intervention successfully.

The training is on-site in your workplace. If you are a small setting you might wish to consider grouping your staff together with other settings for the training and sharing the costs between yourselves.

How will children improve their language and communication skills?

Children who are selected to take part in the intervention will attend three sessions per week during circle/story time, each lasting 15-20 minutes delivered by an early years practitioner.

The sessions include activities that cover the foundation skills in speech, language and communication that children need for learning and understanding new words, as well as having conversations.

What are the benefits of Early Talk Boost?

  • Supports children who are not achieving their expected levels of progress in their language development
  • Can be used to demonstrate to Ofsted how you are focussing on developing staff skills
  • Help to build relationships with parents, by reinforcing the language skills the child learned during the group sessions
  • Demonstrates the effective use of your Early Years Pupil Premium allocation
  • An all-in-one speech and language solution package
  • Can be used by non speech and language specialists
  • Proven to improve children’s language and communication through our evidence base
  • Designed to be sustainable so you can deliver the intervention multiple times to new groups of children
  • A dedicated team at I CAN to support you to maximise the impact of Early Talk Boost in your setting
  • Identify, monitor and track children’s progress before and following the intervention with the online tracker  

What does Early Talk Boost include?

Once you have booked onto the training course, you will receive the following materials:

  • An Intervention Manual containing detailed group session plans and resources required
  • 10 x 8 Jake and Tizzy Story Books that have been specifically designed and written for the intervention
  • Access to our Online Tracker Tool to measure and analyse progress which supports Early Pupil Premium


We have a regional team of Licensed Tutors who can deliver training directly to you. The cost of the Early Talk Boost Intervention Pack is £500.00 + the cost of the Licensed Tutor delivering your training. 

Next Steps

Visit the Find a Tutor page to find a Early Talk Boost  Licensed Tutor near to you. Alternatively get in touch on earlytalkboost@ican.org.uk or call 0207 843 2515 to talk to our team about Early Talk Boost or to arrange training.


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