HANEN Learning Language and Loving It

About the course and how to book

HANEN Learning Language and Loving It


Learning Language and Loving It is an evidence-based programme which gives you practical strategies to help all children in your setting build language and social skills, no matter what their learning and communication styles are. The programme is run by Hanen-certified Speech and Language Therapists who work within the Caerphilly Early Years team.

The programme gives you practical strategies you can use during everyday activities and routines. Each strategy is designed to engage and maintain the interest of the children, making language and learning a fun and natural part of their day.

The programme is a mixture of virtual group information sessions and face-to-face 1:1 sessions in your setting, which gives you an opportunity to practise and discuss strategies with the trainer.

Using the Learning Language and Loving It approach ensures that every child in your setting has the best opportunity to develop their language. Language is well evidenced as being crucial for wellbeing and later-life outcomes. Learning Language and Loving It strategies are beneficial for every child in your setting, including:

  • Children at risk of language delay
  • Children with language delay
  • Children with English as an additional language
  • Children whose language appears to be developing typically

To attend the course, you will need:

  • To commit to attending all 12 sessions.
  • A device with a microphone, camera and internet connection for virtual workshop attendance.
  • A quiet space where you will not be interrupted for the virtual workshops.

Please be aware the setting visits will require you to interact with children and reflect on this as part of learning. It will be your responsibility to establish consent for the children to be recorded for the purposes of staff training. Recordings are not kept and are deleted before the end of the 1:1 visit.


The Learning Language and Loving It Programme provides you with practical, research-based strategies for:

  • Promoting every child’s language development using natural everyday activities, routines and play
  • Becoming attuned to children’s interests so you can follow their lead, which is known to support language development
  • Adjusting the way you talk to help children develop more advanced language skills
  • Promoting interaction among the children themselves
  • Facilitating language-learning in pretend play

Each setting will receive a workbook relevant to the programme.

Target Audience

Inclusion leads and childcare advisors.




Date Time Venue
27 February, 5 and 12 March, 2, 16 ,23 and 30 April and 7, 14 ,21, and 28 May, and 4 June 5-7pm Microsoft Teams and in setting sessions

Request a place

To request a place, please complete our training request form. (Please note, this form will not work using Internet Explorer. Please use a more modern browser such as Edge, Chrome or Safari)

If the place is available, it will be recorded on Dewis and you will be notified by email.


Call the Early Years Hub on 01443 863232.


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