SRF Program

  • Supporting Oral Language Development (SOLD) Program

    VEYLDF Alignment

    Item uses these practice principles: Reflective practice, Partnerships with professionals, High expectations for every child, Respectful relationships and responsive engagement, Equity and Diversity, Assessment for learning and development, Integrated teaching and learning approaches.

    Item responds to these sub-outcomes: Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes, Children express ideas and make meaning using a range of media, Children engage with a range of texts and get meaning from these texts, Children begin to understand how symbols and pattern systems work.


    The SOLD program is a series of four professional learning sessions that acknowledges the important role of educators in fostering young children's oral language, and provides an opportunity for early childhood educators to work in partnership with Deakin University academics.

    The SOLD program aims to:

    • build early childhood educators' understanding of oral language
    • use research and collegial advice about how children learn oral language
    • focus on diversity and promote practices particular to building children's oral language
    • identify aspects of early childhood educators' talk that are conducive to developing young children's oral language
    • reflect on, and critique, practices that specifically aim to support children's oral language
    • build a shared repertoire of effective research-based practice that will support children's oral language, learning and development
    • use evidence, including mapping against early childhood frameworks, to assess and inform practice.

    Participation in this module involves:

    • deepening your knowledge and understanding of oral language and communication in young children
    • opportunities to reflect on aspects of your own practice relating to young children's oral learning
    • observing and analysing young children's language and communication
    • linking children's oral language learning to early childhood frameworks
    • being introduced to a model to support further research on your own practice.

    Detailed Costs

    ​$990 per person, including GST.

    Implementation Considerations

    Target population: early childhood educators.
    Program/practice descriptions and details: the program is designed to support educators in building their skills and practice to support children's oral language development.

    Training requirements: educators will participate in four face-to-face learning sessions. Participants will also have access to ongoing support via phone and email.

    Factors to consider: services should consider the cost of backfill when considering the cost of participating in this program.
    Participants will be expected to incoporate new knowledge into their practice between professional learning sessions and bring experiences of this back to subsequent sessions.

    Strength of Evidence

    Not able to be rated