Speech and Language Development Concerns

Information to assist EYFS childcare providers to support children where there are concerns around speech and language development.

Steps to follow flowchart – for speech and language concerns


These materials can be used to support settings to gather information and make assessments where a speech, language and communication need has been identified.

Parents voice

Observing a child – questions to ask

ABC observation record

Wellcomm Screening Tool

The WellComm Screening Tool is an early identification screening check to provide support for children with speech and language delay. The Early Years and Childcare Service have a number of toolkits which are able to be loaned out by childcare providers.

Childcare providers should email: [email protected] and request to borrow a Wellcomm Screening Tool to use with an individual child.

If your setting is interested in purchasing this Screening Tool – simply Google ‘Wellcomm Screening Tool’ online to find where you can purchase this.


Following initial assessment and discussions with parents, these strategies can be used to support children to develop their communication and language skills.

Ideas to support speech and language development

Using visual supports

Social communication and interaction groups

Schools only: Speech and Language support

Please use https://speechandlanguage.info/ 

You will need to have attended one of the introductory sessions to receive a login, please check if anyone in your school has attended a session.

To discuss attending an introductory session please call:

Bury St Edmunds Area: 01284 741732 or Ipswich Area: 01473 321225