Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Wales provides extra funding for speech and communication

Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Wales provides extra funding for speech and communication

Welsh Deputy Minister for Social Services, Julie Morgan has announced that an additional £250,000 funding will be made available to support children’s speech, language and communication needs. Funding will be provided to health boards and specialist centres to continue to address speech, language and communication needs, and will enable SLC therapists and practitioners to respond to local demands and needs. This additional funding follows coronavirus (COVID-19) recovery funding provided in 2020 to address speech, language and communication needs during the pandemic.

The focus for the funding will be on early years (zero-four years, eleven months) and will include:

• funding for digital and physical resources and for IT for a range of uses including remote sessions

• training and development for SLC practitioners and childcare workers to identify speech, language and communication needs early on

• funding for It Takes Two to Talk parent workbooks for all main libraries in Wales

Source: £250K for early years speech, language and communication support

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