Available courses

Do you want to feel confident in supporting children with a hearing loss in your early years setting?

Deaf children can do anything other children can do, given the right support from the start. Effective language and communication skills lie at the heart of their social, emotional and intellectual development.

Training overview

This online CPD accredited training has been designed to help you feel confident in supporting children with hearing loss, in your setting.

During this training you will learn what deafness is and some of its causes. You will also be able to describe best practices when communicating with children with a hearing loss.

You’ll leave able to use some basic signs and describe ways to use books and rhymes to support children with a hearing loss.

This training covers:

  • What is deafness?
  • What causes childhood deafness?
  • Technology
  • Using gestures and iconic signs
  • Using books with deaf children

Who is this training for?

This workshops is designed for all mainstream early years practitioners.

CPD accreditation

2 CPD hours / points
Certified by CPD UK

Are you a professional who works with deaf children and young people? Do you want creative ideas to help you support their emotional health and well-being?

Our Healthy Minds training  will help you learn how to run activities to help support the emotional health and wellbeing of deaf children and young people.

The programme tackles issues such as low self-esteem, isolation, stress and anxiety. It encourages the use of positive strategies for dealing with change, managing deafness, developing confidence and building social skills.

During these online workshops, you will learn how to effectively use our Healthy Minds guidance document. You will have the opportunity to review some of the Healthy Minds activities and share thoughts and ideas with other professionals.

You’ll leave feeling inspired and confident to encourage deaf children and young people to explore ideas and create strategies to help prevent low self-esteem and poor mental health.


Are you a professional who wants to make a difference to deaf children and their families?

Raising a deaf child can be challenging with many families needing guidance to help understand the impact deafness can have.

This online training uses evidence-based strategies that deliver positive impact for families and deaf children.

It will give you a wealth of ideas and strategies to improve the way you support parents and carers, whilst providing you with the opportunity to practise new approaches. It is designed to teach you how to use our resource with parents and carers you support.

You will finish this online training feeling inspired and confident to deliver our programme to the families you work with. We will provide you with all the plans, resources and evaluation tools you need. Enabling you to deliver and measure the impact of the programme.

Are you an early years practitioner working with deaf children? Are you looking for ideas on how to improve the support you give to deaf children?

Good support in the early years will help deaf children reach their full potential. Our one day workshop will help you prepare for and support deaf children in your care.

Training overview

This online CPD accredited training has been designed to help you fully include deaf children in the life of your early years setting.

During this training you will learn about deafness, what this means in early years and how you can adapt your practice. You'll leave feeling inspired and confident in changes you can make to your setting to be fully inclusive. Changes which will often be beneficial to all children in your setting.

This training includes:

  • Understanding deafness and its causes
  • Language and communication for deaf children aged 0-5 years
  • Technology that can be used with deaf children
  • Welcoming a deaf child into your setting
  • Developing play with deaf children
  • Using books and rhymes with deaf children
  • Working in partnership with parents

Who is this training for?

This workshop is designed for all practitioners who are new to working with deaf children in an early years setting.

CPD accreditation

3 CPD hours / points
Certified by CPD UK

This e-learning module will provide you with an introduction to deaf awareness and will help you ensure your sessions are accessible for deaf young people. It will also outline some key points to consider when providing careers advice to deaf young people.


Learning outcomes

By the end of this e-learning module you will be able to:

  • Describe what is meant by deafness and how to ensure services are accessible to deaf young people
  • Explain how to reach out to deaf young people and encourage them to access careers advice
  • Identify key considerations when providing careers advice to deaf young people


Who is this e-learning for?

This e-learning module has been created specifically for careers advisors in Wales.


Deafness isn’t a learning disability, and with the right support there’s no reason why a deaf child can’t achieve as much as a hearing child.

Deaf-friendly activities allow deaf children and young people the opportunity to socialise with their peers in a safe, fun and supportive environment allowing them to develop their social skills, gain more independence and feel included.

Module overview

This module will help you to fully include deaf children in your activities, through learning about changes you can make to your setting or your practice.

Aimed at anyone who provides activities for deaf children or young people, this module will provide practical information and helpful tips for communication, alongside an understanding of what communication support might be required.

Giving insight into how to adapt your activities to make them deaf-friendly, you will finish this module eager to think about how you can make your activities fully inclusive.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this module you’ll be able to:

  • Suggest adaptations to your activities or service to be deaf-friendly and inclusive
  • Describe the different types of communication that deaf children and young people use
  • Apply health and safety considerations to make sure that your activities are safe for deaf children and young people

This e-learning will provide you with an introduction to our Deaf Works Everywhere toolkit as well as your legal responsibilities to ensure good careers advice for young people.  It will also give you an overview of the lesson plans and activities to carry out when delivering this course in your local authority. 


Learning outcomes

By the end of this e-learning you will be able to:

  • Explain what the toolkit is for and how it will help you to meet your legal duties
  • Know how to use the toolkit
  • Recognise the role of each of the eight workshop topics and why they have been included


Who is this e-learning for?

This e-learning has been created for sensory support professionals e.g. teachers of the deaf working with deaf young people ages 13-25. Careers leaders within schools, and careers advisors in any setting will also benefit from completing this module.


Our free e-learning module ‘Introduction to deaf awareness,’ is the perfect place to start learning about deaf awareness, and only takes 10 minutes approx. to complete!

Topics covered:

  • Lip-reading
  •  Language: BSL vs. SSE
  • Basic fingerspelling

After completing the module, you will have a better awareness of some of the challenges that deaf people experience when trying to communicate with hearing people and you will be able to name some of the things you can do to make lip-reading easier. You will also get to learn some basic finger spelling.


Having the right support across education, health and social aspects of a deaf child and young person’s life is vital for them to achieve their full potential.

Module overview

This module is an introduction to the social care needs of a deaf child. It focuses on the challenges and risks that deafness can pose to deaf children and their families without the right support in place.

Using three everyday scenarios across various age ranges, it highlights these challenges and provides practical advice on how social care advice and support may help.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this module you’ll be able to:

  • Explain the social care needs of deaf children and families
  • Identify the indicators of where additional social care support may be needed
  • Describe what you need to do if you have any concerns

Who is this module for?

This module has been created for non-specialist social care professionals working with deaf children or young people in a range of social care settings.

Other professionals who routinely work with deaf children will also benefit from completing this module.


Deaf children can do anything other children can do, given the right support from the start. Good support in the early years will help deaf children reach their full potential.

Module Overview

This module has been developed for all mainstream early years practitioners to prepare for and to support deaf children.

Effective language and communication skills lie at the heart of deaf children and young people’s social, emotional and intellectual development. That’s why identifying a suspected hearing loss and knowing what to do is key to children’s social and emotional development and wellbeing.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module you’ll be able to:

  • Recognise some signs of hearing loss
  • Confidently sign post families for further support
  • Use strategies which may support a child with a suspected hearing loss
  • Carry out a basic assessment of the listening environment
  • Identify changes you can make to your environment
  • Identify changes you can make to your own professional practice

It’s vital that deaf children and young people get the right support as early as possible to develop the language and communication skills that are critical to their future.

Module overview

This module is an introduction to deafness. Aimed at anyone who works with or supports deaf children and young people, it is designed to provide practical information about different types of deafness, basic communication methods and different technology that might be used.

Providing an insight into what deaf culture is, the module will give examples of real life communication challenges as well as the opportunity to learn some basic sign language.

On completion of this module you will have an understanding of best communication practice and technology available. Deafness isn’t a learning disability, and with the right support, there’s no reason why a deaf child can’t achieve as much as a hearing child.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this module you’ll be able to:

  • Describe the different types of deafness and the impact on deaf young people
  • Explain the different types of communication methods used by deaf young people
  • Fingerspelling
  • Demonstrate some basic British Sign Language (BSL)
  • Name a range of technologies available to deaf children and young people

Who is this module for?

This course is designed for anyone working with deaf children and young people, however is primarily used for any arts, sports or leisure providers / activity leaders, youth clubs or anyone who will be providing activities for deaf children or young people.




Bydd y modiwl e-ddysgu hwn yn rhoi i chi gyflwyniad i ymwybyddiaeth am fyddardod ac yn eich helpu chi sicrhau bod eich sesiynau yn hygyrch i bobl ifanc byddar. Bydd hefyd yn amlinellu rhai pwyntiau allweddol i’w hystyried wrth gyflwyno cyngor gyrfaoedd i bobl ifanc byddar.


Canlyniadau dysgu

Erbyn diwedd y modiwl e-ddysgu hwn byddwch chi’n gallu:

  • Disgrifio beth a olygir gan fyddardod a sicrhau bod gwasanaethau yn hygyrch i bobl ifanc byddar
  • Esbonio sut i ymestyn allan at blant a phobl ifanc byddar a’u hannog nhw i gael mynediad at gyngor gyrfaoedd
  • Adnabod ystyriaethau allweddol wrth gyflwyno cyngor gyrfaoedd i bobl ifanc byddar

Ar gyfer pwy ydy’r e-ddysgu hwn?

Mae’r modiwl e-ddysgu hwn wedi cael ei greu yn benodol ar gyfer cynghorwyr gyrfaoedd yng Nghymru.

Are you a teacher, youth leader, or other professional creating digital content for deaf young people?  Do you want to feel more confident about making content accessible for deaf young people?

This on demand webinar, ran by our technology experts, will provide tips on captioning apps and software that can make your video content accessible to deaf children and young people and can facilitate meetings with deaf colleagues.


Are you a teacher, youth leader, or other professional working with deaf children and young people? Do you want to feel more confident about making longer videos accessible for deaf young people?

This on demand webinar, ran by our technology experts, will provide tips on how you can use online platforms and software to add captions to longer videos and make them accessible to deaf children and young people.

Are you a teacher, youth leader, or other professional working with deaf children and young people? Do you want to find out how apps can help deaf young people feel more confident in face to face conversations?

This on demand webinar, ran by our technology experts, will provide tips on how you can use speech-to-text apps to facilitate face-to-face conversations with deaf children and young people.


Our 2020 online conference, Starting Out: Supporting Deaf Babies, Children and their Families in the Early Years.

Five babies are born deaf every day in the UK. We know they can do anything other children can do, given the right support from the start. Families and carers have the greatest influence on a child's outcomes but they need your support to access clear, balanced information and make informed choices.

Our online conference will highlight best practice and guidance and give you practical ideas for supporting deaf children and their families.


Note: Once enrolled, you will have access to this conference for 60 days.

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