Early Language and Communication Network

This is a network of practitioners from a range of agencies across Stoke-on-Trent who have contact with children 0-7 years and have an interest to support early language, literacy and communication development.

The group will meet for one hour termly 4-5pm to share national and local updates, support development of initiatives and the early language strategy.

There is an open membership and no charge. Members will have an interest in early speech, language and communication development and will be in a position to influence best practice and willing to share this with others. Members will be from a range of agencies across Health, voluntary services, Council workers, Education staff and Private and Voluntary settings.

Purpose of the network:

  1. Link agencies together to share information and work together to tackle the high incidence of language delay in the City and the poor levels of literacy attainment.

  2. To keep the City Children’s workforce up to date in new developments and research into early speech, language and communication development.  

  3. To cascade this information to all areas of the children’s workforce and relevant agencies.

  4. To use the network as a reference group to develop new resources and to trial new ways of working.


If you would like further information please e-mail to stokespeaksout@stoke.gov.uk

Useful Documents

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Autumn term 2017

Spring term 2018

Summer term 2018

Autumn term 2018

Spring term 2019


The next Early Language and Communication meeting will be held on Wednesday 30th January 2019, 3.45pm – 4.45pm at Westfield Children’s Centre, Buccleuch Road, Normacot, ST3 4RF.  If you would like to book a place please email stokespeaksout@stoke.gov.uk

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