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HELLO: Helping Early Language and Literacy Outcomes

With funding from the Department for Education, HELLO worked with early years experts to improve the communication, language and literacy outcomes of children from birth to age three.  

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The HELLO programme was delivered in 74 early years settings from April 2015 until March 2016. These settings all completed a self-assessment and action planning tool, which focused on three key areas:



  1. Skilled practitioners
  2. Partnership with parents
  3. Enabling environments

National Literacy Trust Network and open access resources

We can now reveal a huge range of resources available for practitioners to help drive outcomes across the Early Years. Many of these resources are available free of charge, while others are available to members of the National Literacy Trust Network. Sign up for our Network here, and for just £100 per year you and your colleagues can access the full range of resources to support your literacy provision.

Using Digital Technology


Available to all

HELLO materials

Available to all

Family readingQuestionnaires: find out where your provision sits

Case studies: good practice from participating settings

Network members only 

Family readingThe HELLO Tool: self-evaluation and action planning resources. Once completed, you can choose which resources would be most useful. 



Partnership with Parents

Available to all

Words for Life: words for life logo 2Visit our parent-facing site to help parents understand what communication milestones their baby and child might reach as they grow. There are also ideas for fun activities for parents and children to use

Quick Tips in 17 Languages
: designed for parents and practitioners to help children develop good talking and listening skills. Print and photocopy lists of ideas on everything from sharing books to saying hello

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 Home to setting cards and setting to home cards: easy-to-make sets of photo cards designed to help practitioners support children and families with the day to day transition between home and setting

 Engaging and involving dads and male carers: top tips for getting them on board

 WOW display template: print out the box and give to parents to record anything their child does that makes them go "wow"


Practitioner Tools

Network members only

Teddy plus borderEarly years whole-setting audit: review and evaluate your setting's current provision and get personalised guidance for how to move forward.

Where's My Teddy?: project includes details on how to get the most out of this wonderful book, how to plan a story project, ideas for related activities and suggestions on how to involve parents and carers. 

Watch presentations from our 2016 Talk To Your Baby conference - Network members only


ttyb- Naomi Eisenstadt - Talk To Your Baby - Why and How

- Pat Camsey - The Basket of Opportunities

- Cathy Hamer - HELLO




With thanks to the HELLO lead partners who took part in the programme:

Local authorities

  • Middlesbrough Council, Stronger Families Service and Achievement Team
  • Reading Borough Council, Early Years and Extended Services Team

 Nursery Teaching Schools

  • St Edmund's Teaching School, Bradford, West Yorkshire
  • Childhaven Community Nursery School, Scarborough, North Yorkshire
  • Harrington Nursery School, Derby, Derbyshire
  • Everton Nursery School and Family Centre, Liverpool
  • Peter Pan Teaching School Alliance, Bedford
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Early Words Together

Practitioners receive training and resources to help parents of two to five year olds to support their children's early communication and literacy.

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HELLO Evaluation Reports

Read the HELLO evaluation reports by Coventry University.


The National Literacy Trust is a registered charity no. 1116260 and a company limited by guarantee no. 5836486 registered in England and Wales and a registered charity in Scotland no. SC042944.
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