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.



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