Hanen: Learning Language and Loving It

This program empowers early childhood educators with practical strategies to help children build language and social skills, regardless of their learning and communication styles.

Program details

  • Priority area: Communication
  • Primary audience: Educators
  • Delivery mode: Group training
  • Strength of evidence: Level 3 – Promising research evidence
  • AEDC sub-domains:
    • Communication skills and general knowledge
    • Language and cognitive development – basic literacy
    • Language and cognitive development – interest in literacy/numeracy and memory
  • Item cost: Variable

Program description

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.

LLLI training is delivered by a Hanen-certified early childhood educator or speech pathologist.

Detailed cost

Costs for LLLI workshops vary depending on the provider (Training is in groups of up to 20).

Cost to become a Hanen-certified LLLI facilitator: about $1,200.

Implementation considerations

(For educators participating in a LLLI Workshop)

  • Target population: educators.
  • Staffing: educators will be required to participate in 5 to 8 group training sessions (15–20 hours in total), prepare for coaching sessions, and undertake 6 one-hour video coaching sessions. Services should consider the cost of backfill when determining the cost of accessing this resource.
  • Training requirements: training is delivered by a Hanen-certified professional with a speech pathology or early childhood education background.
  • Supervision/coaching: educators undertake 6 coaching sessions during the program.
  • Factors to consider: implementing strategies is often more effective when more than one educator participates in the program.
  • Staffing: consider backfill costs when costing this item.
  • Training requirements: educators are required to undertake a pre-workshop online assignment of approximately 5 hours, and participate in 3 consecutive days of training. See Contacts for links to information about certification to deliver the training.

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