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Early years and ks1 speech and language crisis
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Invasionofthegutsnatchers · 01/04/2022 19:15

Nice middle class school in leafy area. Historically extremely good ks1 sats results and outstanding ofsted. High standards, excellent behaviour. Very few EHCPs in the past.

We now have huge speech and language issuesamongst our year R and year 1 children. 6 year olds arriving at school with dummies in their mouths. Others with misshapen teeth due to dummy usage. Children who are non verbal (a minority), unable to speak in sentences or pronounce sounds properly. 1/4 of a class receiving speech and language therapy. Disengaged parents who admit they don't have books at home, no routine, ipads allowed in bed all night. This is separate to the behaviour crisis that is happening schools but also linked as many children who struggle to speak well enough to make their basic needs known communicate through challenging behaviour.

Widening our catchment to include new social housing, no site start centres, patchy health visitor provision, increased ipad and console usage in under 5s as well as the lockdown effect are some of the reasons and the impact of this on the stress levels and workload of teachers is massive.

The parents of these children, in many cases, haven't got the message that reading to your child daily and talking to them very often is crucial for their development. It's so worrying.

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Kite22 · 01/04/2022 22:41

Yup.
No Government can seem to understand all the research that shows how important the first 5 years of a child's life are.
HV's are stretched beyond anything you can imagine.
Sure start centres are very scarce indeed.
Nurseries are so stretched, they no longer have the capacity to go that extra mile like they did even 5 years ago.
There are more and more dc with really complex and significant needs. They (quite rightly) take up a huge amount of staff time, and it leaves less and less time for those children that 'needs bit of extra support'.
SaLT waiting lists are ridiculously long, and the criteria for anyone to get anymore than an assessment then a page of advice sets the bar incredibly high, so most children that would benefit from a short period of therapy don't get it.
The pay in Early Years is appalling. People can earn more working in supermarkets, bars, waiting on tables, etc etc, so Nurseries are short staffed. So once again, see points above.

Add COVID into the mix and the socialisation that all our little ones have missed out on, and there is little wonder there is a crisis.

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Invasionofthegutsnatchers · 02/04/2022 09:26

I totally agree @Kite22

The state some of our children are in is shocking. Unable to speak, ask for help, care for themselves in any way or ask for help. Some constantly cry and wail. They are not coping in this system Sad

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