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Supporting Children with Additional Languages in Early Years Settings

Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

Applicable to: 
Early Years Practitioners
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About this event

Do you have children in your setting speaking more than one language/s?  Are you finding it challenging to support the child or identify if this child requires further support?  This course will explore the following:

  • What is bilingualism?
  • How do bilingual children develop an additional language?
  • Identification and assessment in children with an additional language;
  • Advice and strategies to support bilingual children in your Early Years setting ;
  • Achieving cultural competency;
  • Advantages of being bilingual.

The course will aim to provide practical ideas, tools and resources to support nursery nurses, teaching assistants, teachers and SENCO to identify, assess and manage bilingual children in the Early Years setting.  It will support you to correctly identify which children will require onward referral to the Speech and Language Therapist and which children can be supported in the classroom.  The course is interactive and has case studies, workshops and opportunities to discuss your personal experiences and learning needs. 



Sunita Shah has worked as SLT for over 18 years in the NHS, and is now working for an independent practise called "Magic Words".  She is an advisor for the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapy and has been Chair of London bilingualism Clinical Excellence Network for over 10 years. She lectures on bilingual matters, trains Speech & Language Therapy departments and early years settings nationally to work with bilingual children with speech, language and communication needs. Sunita is also an author of children's books and has her own private practise in North West London.  She is multi-lingual, speaks Gujarati fluently, and is semi-fluent in Hindi, Urdu & Punjabi.