In line with current government guidelines, The Early years Speech and Language Therapy Service is not running any drop-in clinics.


Parents and carers are advised to access the advice and resources tab on this website for information and strategies on how to support your child’s speech, language and communication development.

Milton Keynes Early Years Speech and Language Therapy Team works with pre-school-age children with speech and language difficulties in addition to feeding and swallowing difficulties.

The Early Years Team has staff who are specialists in:

  • Hearing impairment
  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Social communication difficulties
  • Dysfluency
  • Speech and language disorders
  • Augmentative and alternative communication

The team offers the following services:

The service offers two highly successful training programmes for parents to help their children’s communication development:

  • It Takes Two to Talk, for parents of children with speech and language difficulties
  • More Than Words, for parents of children with social interaction and communication difficulties

The service is for pre-school-age children (0 to rising five years) with feeding, swallowing, and speech and language difficulties. Children must be registered with a Milton Keynes general practitioner (GP).

Please complete online referral form.

In line with current government guidelines, The Early years Speech and Language Therapy
Service is not running any drop-in clinics. 

Parents and carers are advised to access the advice and resources tab on this website for information and strategies on how to support your child’s speech, language and communication development.

To access the service for further support at this time, parents can contact the department to
book a telephone/video screening call for advice and support.

If parents have concerns that their child is experiencing physical difficulties with eating (chewing and swallowing) and drinking, they can ask their GP, health visitor or paediatrician to refer them to the service.

Bus: 1, 6, 25, 28, 34, 150, F70

Train: London North Western, Virgin Trains

The service is available from 8:30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday, excluding bank holidays.

The team works in a range of different locations across Milton Keynes and the surrounding villages, including early years education settings, children’s centres and health centres.

If you need help in a crisis, please do the following

  • Contact the CNWL service looking after you during their office hours
  • If the crisis is during when your service is closed, there are alternative options provided by the NHS found on this page.
  • If you are not already being looked after by CNWL or elsewhere within the NHS, see your GP during normal working hours as they can then refer you to a local service.

Find your closest GP on NHS Choices.

We have developed a range of advice and resources that you can use to support your child's speech and language development.

Access them here.

Please find links below for videos of our Speech and Language Therapist, Rachel Sawford, demonstrating the signs that we would typically cover on the 'Developing and Using Signing' course that is currently unavailable on a face to face basis due to current government guidelines. Rachel has broken up the course into eight sections and would recommend watching them in order.

Please note that the Developing and Using Signing course in Milton Keynes is based on Signalong signs.  You can find free resources and activities to download on the Signalong website.  It includes a training handbook featuring how to read the Signalong illustrations, plus 27 free signs. You will also find links to Signalong YouTube videos of Nursery Rhymes and how to perform them.

Developing and Using Signing - course videos

Introduction

Band 1 core

Band 2 core

Band 3 topic 1 

Band 3 topic 2

Band 3 topic 3

Band 3 topic 4

Band 4