Learning Language and Loving It ™ – The Hanen Program® for Early Childhood Educators/Teachers


Learning Language and Loving It – The Hanen Program ® for Early Childhood Educators/Teachers





A warm welcome to all the schools taking part in the randomised control trial, testing the effectiveness of Learning Language and Loving It – The Hanen Program® for Early Childhood Educators in enhancing children’s communication and language skills.



Book on the workshops

Schools who are randomly allocated to the intervention/treatment group will access training workshops in 8 areas. An email been sent to your school to confirm which area you have been allocated to. Please click on the links below to book your place on the training orientation sessions.

About the training

The training will take place between November 2019 and June 2020.


Workshops are delivered by Hanen trained Programme Leaders who are either Speech and Language Therapists or Early Years Consultants.

Each workshop will be 2.5 hours long and will focus on theory and practical strategies to use in the setting. Workshops will look at both interaction and information strategies and we promise they will be interactive and have refreshments! The workshop content looks like this…

1. Take a Closer Look at Communication

2. Follow Child’s Lead

3. Take Turns

4. Encourage Group Interaction

5. Adjust Language, Extend the Topic

6. Language Leads to Literacy

7. Peer Interaction

8. Wrap-up


Schools taking part in the training should share information with the parents of the children accessing the nursery. Click here to access the letter for parents which explains more about the training and allows parents the opportunity to withdraw their child from being visible in the videos.

Schools staff who are taking part in the training will receive a letter  giving more information about the training and the information we will record and share with the evaluators about their attendance. This letter can be accessed by clicking here.

Here is a link to a feedback form about the training. Click here

Cover Costs

Schools in the intervention group will be provided with a contribution to cover costs associated with training attendance.

School bursars will be asked to provide the hourly rate for covering school staff whilst they attend the training workshops. The amount due will be automatically calculated based on attendance. Payments will be made to schools in Jan 2019, April 2020 and July / August 2020 and statements will show how this amount has been calculated. For more information about cover costs, please contact Lisa Chetter, Project Manager llli@communicate-slt.org.uk

Control schools

The evaluation will be a randomised control trial and as such schools are randomly allocated, 50% to an intervention / treatment group and 50% to a control group.

In the intervention group, school staff will attend the Hanen Learning Language and Loving It workshops. Staff in the schools allocated to the control group will carry on with their normal teaching practice. If your school is in the control group you will still need to take part in the following evaluation activities…

  • Share Unique pupil numbers with NatCen (Early Sept 2019)
  • Vocabulary assessments with children (Sept – Oct 2019)
  • Short practitioner survey
  • Short interviews with staff
  • Vocabulary assessments with children (June – July 2020)

At the end of the year, NatCen will compare children’s language and communication development across nurseries that do and do not attend the programme, to see if there is any difference. All schools completing the evaluation as control schools will receive £1,000 at the end of the trial. This payment will be made in August 2020 following completion of all evaluation activity.



To find out more about the trial, you can visit the Education Endowment Foundation website by following the link below:

EEF website



The teams involved…

Communicate SLT CIC are the deliverers for this trial. We are a Community Interest Company providing high quality Speech, Language and Communication services to enable effective communication for all. Please get in touch if you have any questions or comments about this project.



Rhian Owen

Rhian Owen

Hanen Programme Leader Supervisor

Email: rhian.owen@communicate-slt.org.uk

Tel:  07856 427186

Lisa Chetter

Lisa Chetter

Project manager

Email: llli@communicate-slt.org.uk

Tel:  07935 223710

Caroline Coyne

Caroline Coyne

Director of HR and Operations

Email: caroline.coyne@communicate-slt.org.uk

Tel: 07814 023667


Hanen is a Canadian charity that has developed a range of programmes to support language development. The Learning Language and Loving It programme (LLLI) provides training for Early Years practitioners to promote language and early literacy.

It provides practical strategies for helping all children in the classroom build language and social skills. These strategies include encouraging children to initiate and engage in conversational interaction, encouraging extended individual and group conversations between adults and children, and modelling more sophisticated language to expand the child’s oral language skills and facilitate the development of abstract language. To find out more visit:


The Education Endowment Foundation is a charity that aims to develop essential life skills of children aged 3-18 by generating evidence of what works to improve teaching and children’s learning. To find out more visit:


NatCen (The National Centre for Social Research) is an independent social research organisation who have been commissioned to evaluate this programme. To find out more visit: