Our Regional Skills Strategy

The children’s workforce in South Yorkshire has the unique opportunity to support speech, language, and communication development and to identify and, where appropriate, address speech, language, and communication needs.

To do so requires a confident and highly skilled workforce, and with a high turnover of staff, and financial pressures on the sector, the level of high-quality training for new entrants is becoming increasingly challenging.

Through the Early Outcomes Project, we developed a Regional Skills Strategy to identify our regional skills gaps and develop approaches to address them.

Our Mission Statement

Through system change, we will build a region where a higher proportion of children achieve at least expected levels in the communication, language & literacy goals by 2028, by working in partnership to identify and confront development gaps at the earliest opportunity and deploy evidence-based interventions through a highly skilled workforce. Delivered through a robust regional early years SLCN strategy, we will make an impact on children and families, especially those most in need of support.

Excellent early years education is the cornerstone of developing the cognitive, social and emotional foundations on which a child’s future success is built. The Early Years sector in South Yorkshire ensures that children from all backgrounds are on the right track from the very beginning of their lives, enabling them to start school ready to thrive and to achieve their potential.

However, there are severe pressures on the Early Years sector in the region, and research has shown that too many children in South Yorkshire are failing to achieve early learning goals with 4,650 children in the region not achieving the expected level of development in communications, language, and literacy in 2018.

We have the opportunity, through our partnership, to address this challenge.

Principles of the Skills Strategy

The 5 guiding principles of our skills strategy will ensure that we focus on the most important skills gaps, play to our strengths, prepare for the future, keep our workforce at the centre of our plans and be responsive and dynamic in the face of change.

Skills Strategy

Download the Skills Strategy

Our Strategy outlines our approach to identifying regional skills gaps, and the tools we will use to address them.