The EAL Advisory Service for Somerset Providers is funded by Somerset County Council's School's Forum, for children with English as an Additional Language and their families across Somerset. We provide advice and practical support for all early years providers across Somerset to develop inclusive and effective early learning environments, and in particular, develop an effective communicative environment for all children.

It raises awareness of the importance of early identification of needs relating to EAL children and families and promotes effective partnerships with parents. We also develop and disseminate resources and training, as well as sharing best practice with the aims of improving outcomes for all EAL children and their families.

To contact the EAL Advisory Service call us on 01278 691719 or email eal.service@eyalliance.org.uk

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Translation Services and Resources

Interpretation Services

If you require the support of an interpreter to come to your setting to support in meeting with families and carers, health visitors or give an insight into the child’s development in their home language for example then this is also a commissioned...

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EAL Support Resources

There are a number of resources available to support practitioners. We have updated and collated many of these below, including the “Supporting Children Learning English as an Additional Language in the Early Years” & “Quick Tips for Helping EAL Children”.

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Links

Use these links to access other Alliance products and services:

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Contact Us

 

Juliette Moran - Business Manager for the South Business Hub
Contact Juliette directly by email ...

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Translation Services and Resources

Interpretation Services

If you require the support of an interpreter to come to your setting to support in meeting with families and carers, health visitors or give an insight into the child’s development in their home language for example then this is also a commissioned service, with the same service providers. DA Languages is for all Languages. Diversity Voice is for Polish only.

DA Languages Ltd

Please email DA Languages who will respond with an invitation to create a profile with DA Link their online booking system. Once you have created your profile, you can make multiple and repeat bookings. It is a simple system, however if you need guidance please refer to the documents below, or just call the Early Years Alliance on 01278 691719.

DA Languages 0161 928 2533 ext 231 teamsouth@dalanguages.co.uk

DA Languages Booking Form Guidance
DA Link - Quick Client Guide

Diversity Voice

Please call or email Diversity Voice to make a booking for all your Polish interpretation or translation needs.
Diversity Voice 03000 750105 linkworker@diversityvoice.org.uk

Early Years Support Workers
Support for Polish Speak Children In Somerset's Schools & Early Years Settings
Language Identification Chart


Translated Documents

With an ever increasing population in Somerset of families who have English as an Additional Language we are seeing a rise in the need for documents commonly used in Early Years settings to be translated into a variety of languages to meet the parent’s needs.
We have a stock of translated documents, so please look here first. If what you are looking for is not here, contact them directly with your specific needs, but if it is a common need that many settings have requested, please also contact us at the EAL Advisory Service so that we can monitor requests and ensure the best use of resources available.

Keep Talking - Children Learning English as a Second Language

Bulgarian                                                           Chinese - Traditional                                         
Chinese - Simplified                                          Dutch                                                                 
English                                                              Estonian                                                            
Filipino                                                               French                                                              
German                                                             Hindi
Hungarian                                                         Italian                                                               
Latvian                                                              Lithuanian                                                         
Polish                                                                Portuguese                                                       
Romanian                                                         Russian                                                             
Slovak                                                               Spanish                                                           
Tagalog                                                             Thai                                                                   
Ukranian

Every Step Counts

English                                                              Lithuanian
Polish                                                                Portuguese
Romanian

Gathering Information from Parents

Chinese                                                             Chinese (traditional)
English                                                               Estonian
Latvian                                                               Polish
Portuguese                                                        Russian
Tagalog                                                              Turkish                                                        
Ukranian                                                            Vanavil

ECAT - Child Monitoring Tool

English                                                              Hindi                                                                    
Hungarian                                                         Lithuanian
Mandarin                                                           Polish                                                                
Portuguese                                                       Punjabi                                                              
Romanian                                                         Russian                                                             
Slovak                                                               Spanish                                                             
Turkish

The Personal Child Health Record (red book)

Bulgarian                                                            English
Filipino                                                                French
German                                                              Hungarian
Italian                                                                 Lithuanian
Malayalam                                                         Mandarin
Polish                                                                 Portuguese
Russian                                                              Spanish
Thai                                                                    Turkish

Funding for 2 Year Olds - Information

English                                                               Polish

Funding for 2 Year Olds - Application Form

English                                                              Polish

Parents Guide to EYFS

Polish

Parent Version ECAT

Polish

Children's Personal Pathways

Bengali
Polish - version 3
Turkish


Stepping Up To School Transition Videos

The EAL Advisory Service was commissioned by Somerset County Council to produce a short video which will help and guide parents and families with EAL children through the transition period of moving up to primary school.

This video has been produced in English and is available subtitled with the following languages; Bulgarian, Chinese, Filipino, French, German, Hungarian, Lithuanian, Malayalam, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Thai and Turkish.

Click on the following YouTube links to view the videos:

English - Stepping Up to School
Bulgarian - Започване на училище
Chinese - 支持儿童首次上学的服务
Filipino - Paglipat sa Paaralan
French - L’entrée à l’école
German - Vorbereitung für die Schule
Hungarian - Az Iskola Elkezdése
Lithuanian - Pasiruošimas Mokyklai
Malayalam - സ്കുളിലേക്കുള്ള കരകയറ്റം
Polish - Czas Zacząć Szkołę
Portuguese - Avançar para a Escola
Romanian - Tranziția Către Scoală
Russian - Переход в школу
Spanish - Empezando el Colegio
Thai - การก้าวสู่โรงเรียน
Turkish - Okul Hayatina Adim Atmak


Welcome to Somerset Videos

We were also commissioned to create a short video aimed at parents, giving brief information about childcare options in Somerset. This has been recorded in English and 10 other languages: Bulgarian, French, German, Italian, Lithuanian, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. To accompany this there is a pack of information that providers will find useful when trying to gather and share information with parents and carers who may speak little English. This is also available in the same range of languages on the 'Resources' tab.

Click the links to view the videos on YouTube:

English - Welcome to Somerset
Bulgarian - Добре дошли в Съмърсет
French - Bienvenue à Somerset
German - Willkommen in Somerset
Italian - Benvenuto nel Somerset
Lithuanian - Sveiki atvykę į Somersetą
Mandarin - Welcome to Somerset
Polish - Witamy w Somerset
Portuguese - Bem-vindo a Somerset
Russian - Добро пожаловать в Сомерсет
Spanish - Bienvenido a Somerset

EAL Support Resources

There are a number of resources available to support practitioners. We have updated and collated many of these below, including the “Supporting Children Learning English as an Additional Language in the Early Years” & “Quick Tips for Helping EAL Children”.

This page will be updated regularly as and when new resources are available or updated.

Practitioner Support

Advice Leaflet for EY EAL

Action Plan

EAL Support Visit Evaluation Form

Termly Review

Quick Tips for Helping EAL Children

EAL Transition Checklist

A Unique Child Personal Communication

Home Communication Profile

Stages of Early Bilingual Learning

Supporting Children with English as a Second Language

Racial Harrassment Leaflet for Parents

Racial Incident Recording Sheet

Key Issues for 2 Year Olds Learning English as a Second Language

Environmental Audits

Environmental Checklist

EYSTC Environmental Audit

EY Communication Friendly Audit 

EAL Toolkit

The EAL toolkit was designed and produced by the Somerset EAL Advisory Service in 2017. 
It was launched at various events around the county to providers, including provider evenings, cluster meetings and conferences.
The pack is a useful resource to give guidance and support to Early Years practitioners when considering how best to support
EAL children in their setting, including Environmental Audits and SEND comparison flow charts.
Hard copies of this resource are very limited; Somerset providers can obtain a copy by contacting their Early Years Community Leads who may have some.
Providers can obtain a digital copy by clicking on the links below:
 

Stages of Early Bilingual Learning                                                  Is Bilingualism an Advantage?
I don't speak much English - how can you help me?                      About learning English as an Additional Language
EAL Best Practice Checklist                                                           Engaging Parents as Partners in Transitions
Audit for a Communication Friendly Environment page 1               Audit for a Communication Friendly Environment page 2
A Unique Child page 1                                                                    A Unique Child page 2
Positive Relationships page 1                                                         Positive Relationships page 2
Enabling Environments page 1                                                       Enabling Environments page 2
Learning & Development (1) page 1                                               Learning & Development (1) page 2
Learning & Development (2) page 1                                               Learning & Development (2) page 2
Is it a language issue or a Special Educational Need?                   How do we distinguish between EAL & SEN?

EAL Flashcard Keyrings

Each keyring contains a set of 20 words in English, the other language, the pronunciation and a descriptive picture.
The words include: hello, goodbye, please, thank you, yes, no, mummy, daddy, fruit, water, milk, hungry, toilet,
play inside, play outside, help, good, sorry, sad and tired.

To order a set download the booking form and send to eal.service@eyalliance.org.uk

 

 

 

Welcome to Somerset

To accompany the Welcome to Somerset videos there is a pack of information that providers will find useful when trying to gather and share information with parents and carers who may speak little English. These documents are also available in the following languages on request: Bulgarian, French, German, Italian, Lithuanian, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian & Spanish.

Welcome to Somerset - English

Know How Guide - 2 year Old Check 

EYFS - A Parent's Guide

Racial Incident Recording Sheet

 

 

Links

Use these links to access other Alliance products and services:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact Us

 

Juliette Moran - Business Manager for the South Business Hub
Contact Juliette directly by email juliette.moran@eyalliance.org.uk or by telephone on 07849 093513

Juliette Moran

Sharon Bond - Lead EAL Advisor
sharon.bond@eyalliance.org.uk / eal.service@eyalliance.org.uk
01392 304573

  

Louise Campbell White - EAL Advisor    
louise.campbellwhite@eyalliance.org.uk / eal.service@eyalliance.org.uk
01392 304484

Emma Perry - Business Administrator
emma.perry@eyalliance.org.uk
01823 589619

 

Childcare

EAL Advisory Service for Somerset Providers
The Old School, School Road
Westonzoyland
Bridgwater
Somerset
TA7 0LN
United Kingdom
Tel: 01278 691719