At Indigo, we empower families to overcome poverty and it's challenges through innovative, evidence and family informed learning and childcare solutions. We aim to support our families and communities to break the generational cycle of poverty by improving health , wellbeing and learning, giving children the best possible start to life.
Child poverty and poor language and communication are strongly linked, with the attainment gap beginning in the early years. Evidence has been shown that 5 year olds with language difficulties are more likely to struggle with learning across the school curriculum, Without the support the gap widens throughout their school years. These children are more likely to be unemployed or underemployed in later life as well as more likely to have mental health difficulties. The Loving Language programme builds on existing quality work from TeamIndigo in raising attainment, inclusion, trauma informed practice and whole family support to improve the language and communication skills of all our children.
What is Loving Language?
At Indigo we have a specialised team of people that specialises in language therapy to help to develop our children's skills in not only speech and language but in all there interactions. We believe with easy intervention the long term impact of language and communication difficulties can be greatly reduced or even prevented in later life. It is essential as part of the Indigo Experience that it involves high quality language and communication support in all interactions staff have with children within the service as weill as sharing these values with our families and the wider community.
The vision is that Loving Language is embedded into our childrens Learning experience.The Speech and Language Therapist will partner with all staff and families to support children to get the most out of interactions and language learning experiences using strategies across the environment,routines and activities at nursery or at home.
Loving Language consists of:
Sharing universal information about language and communication development
regular posts on our Famly app, website and social
Signposting to NHS services when needed
Signposting to online resources and community resources
Signposting to other parenting learning and groups as relevant
Regular events such as Book Bug, Stay & Plays and playgroups
Targeted training on supporting language and communication development for certain groups
Makaton sign sharing
Key Messages of Loving Language
In addition we have collaborated with BBC's Tiny Happy People to improve our learning and understanding and use as an essential resource to educate ourselves and our families.