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Pre-School Start


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Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction

Part 2: Preparation Session Sheets

Part 3: Session Sheets

Part 4: Resource Templates

Part 5: Programme Delivery Templates

About the Author

Catherine de la Bedoyere is a speech & language therapist with over 15 years' experience of managing and delivering services to children in a variety of settings, including mainstream and special needs schools. In addition, she has acted as the professional advisor for speech & language therapy to I CAN and taught postgraduate teachers at Kingston University. She offers consultancy services and practices in a special needs school in East Sussex.


"'Pre-School Start' was written as a practical resource aimed at nursery children requiring additional targeted support for a plethora of communication skills, including attention and listening. The intervention guide itself is easy to navigate and contains:

  • detailed theory and background information
  • preparation session sheets, specifically aimed at developing attention and listening skills
  • session sheets containing robust planning with enjoyable and highly interactive activities. Each session involves a 'Language Focus' with a structured practical activity introducing it to the children
  • resource templates outlining the items required for learning. Although resources are outlined clearly, 'gathering time' is essential prior to delivery. Some sessions require brought-in resources, or those made previously by the pupils
  • programme delivery templates developed to ensure the intervention runs smoothly and offers clear evidence of attainment and progress for the pupils that participate.

It is invigorating to see a well-structured programme highlighting the importance of transferring skills taught in isolation, back into mainstream learning and the home.

A Plan B for a 'second chance to learn' the skills is offered, an additional 'post session liaison' to reinforce the language in the main setting environment, as well as documents supporting settings in involving parents. IF this structure is followed systemcatically, it is easy to see how the children make progress!" - Rebecca Hadley (Assistant Head of Service, Rushall Inclusion Advisory Team) - for nasen connect

"It's easy to follow. Evaluation is quick and easy to complete. The children's growth in confidence from beginning to end is really noticeable." - Teaching Assistant

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