SRF Program

  • Hanen: Learning Language and Loving It

    VEYLDF Alignment

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

    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.


    Learning Language and Loving It (LLLI) is part of a suite of programs developed by the Hanen Centre to promote children's language and literacy development.
    It is designed to teach early childhood educators practical strategies for helping children build language and social skills, regardless of their learning and communication styles (including children with a learning delay and/or disability).
    It builds on the principles of interactive language stimulation, supporting educators to use naturalistic interaction strategies that are associated with accelerated language development. 
    Learning Langauge and Loving it training can be delivered by a Hanen-certified early childhood educator or speech pathologist.
    The Hanen organisation has scheduled a Learning Language and Loving It training workshop for educators and speech pathologists in March 2019. Find out more at this link:

    Detailed Costs

    To participate in a LLLI workshop: Cost varies depending on the provider.

    To become a Hanen certified LLLI Facilitator: Approximately $1,200.

    Implementation Considerations

    For educators participating in a LLLI Workshop:

    Target population: early childhood educators who work with preschool-aged children. 

    Staffing: educators will be required to participate in five-to-eight group training sessions (15-20 hours)​, prepare for coaching sessions and undertake six, one-hour ​video coaching sessions. Services should consider the cost of backfill when determining the cost of accessing this resource.

    Training requirements: training occurs in groups of up to 20 with five-to-eight group training sessions (15-20 hours); training is delivered by a Hanen-certified professional with a speech pathology or early childhood education background. 

    Supervision/coaching: educators undertake six coaching sessions during the program.

    Factors to consider: implementing the strategies in your program is often more effective when more than one educator participates in the program.



    Staffing: educators will be required to undertake a pre-workshop online assignment of approximately five hours and ​participate in three consecutive days training. Backfill will need to be considered in costing this item.

    Training requirements: training occurs across three consecutive days.

    If educators would like to become certified to deliver this training, see 'contacts' for further information.

    Strength of Evidence

    Promising research evidence

    3 stars out of 5