To run this project successfully, it was imperative to source a well-regarded speech and language consultant with the knowledge and expertise needed to work with the Early Years sector, and the capacity needed to deliver the four planned sessions. We were also very fortunate that the company who won this tender also delivered our Communication Champion Training; therefore, in some instances, the consultant already had an established relationship with the participants. This made building rapport easier, and it also meant that the consultant understood the participants pre-existing knowledge and understanding of children’s speech and language development.
Another important factor in this project was the creation of the project audit tool. Whilst we did explore using pre-made audits from other reputable companies, we concluded that a bespoke audit tool would be much more fitting for our cohort. As a result, we commissioned its design from the tendered company.