Research and analysis

I CAN's early talk programme: evaluation

This evaluates the effect of the programme on the ability of staff to provide high quality communication support in children's centres.


I CAN's Early Talk programme: independent evaluation of the impact of Early Talk on addressing speech, communication & language needs in Sure Start children's centres

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Early talk (ET) is designed to improve the knowledge and skills of early years’ practitioners to improve speech language and communication (SLC) outcomes for children 0 to 5 years.

This qualitative evaluation of the ‘I Can’ ET programme looked mainly at children aged 3 to 4 years old.

It provided impartial evidence of how the programme has influenced staff and enhanced their ability to provide high quality speech, language and communication support for pre-school children in children’s centres.

It also explores how the ET programme:

  • meets the needs of diverse groups of children
  • integrates parent/carer and other perceptions
  • integrates perceptions of the accreditation process to identify overlaps and gaps in provision
Published 27 January 2011