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Early Years Speech & Language Therapy

Early Years Speech and Language Therapy


Who is the service for?

The Early Years Speech and Language Therapy Team works with families of children aged 0-4 years (up to preschool age), across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. 

What we do

We provide advice, assessment and therapy to children and young people with speech, language and communication needs and/or with eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties.

We offer direct support to children referred into the service with:

  • Significant Language Delay
  • Developmental Language Disorder
  • Speech sound difficulties
  • Dysphagia (swallowing disorders)
  • Alternative and Augmentative Communication needs (e.g., using communication charts or books or technology, such as an iPad, as a communication system)
  • Stammering
  • Communication needs associated with complex medical conditions or acquired brain injury.

Direct support may be in the form of advice, assessment, or therapy, as appropriate.

Services are open to pre-school children who have a GP and live within the Bristol, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) area.

Talk to Me campaign

You can support your child’s language development by chatting, singing, playing and reading to them throughout the day. Our Talk To Me campaign offers tips on ways to interact with your child so they can develop their communication skills.

Making time to chat, play, share books and sing together with your child will support their language development and can be lots of fun too. When is your best ‘together time’? 

More ideas, fun tips, and useful links:

Here are some useful websites for more information, ideas, and fun tips:  

Top tips leaflets:

Chat with me! A5 card

Play with me! A5 card

Share books with me! A5 card

Sing to Me! A5 card

Talk to me ‘Together Time’ leaflet

Talk to Me! A3 poster

Talk to Me! A4 poster

Early Years Speech and Language Therapy Toolkit

Communication is a complex skill, which begins to develop even before a baby is born.  There are many areas of development that build together, for your child to become a confident communicator.

To find out how speech, language and communication develops watch this short information video: Language Development Steps video.

Attention and Listening


Understanding language


Expressive Language

Speech Sounds

Social Communication and Interaction


Eating and Drinking

Augmentative and Alternative Communication


Selective mutism



Continuing Professional Development

School Age Speech and Language Therapy

Top Tips and Resources

Related information pages

The following information pages may be of interest:

An early years speech and language therapist with parents and babies at a baby hub

Information and signposting

You can find more information in the toolkit section below.

You can call us about general enquiries, including appointments and waiting list queries, on the numbers below:

  • Bristol and South Gloucestershire: 0300 125 5145
  • North Somerset: 0300 125 6710

Or email us at

Please include the following details to help us with your enquiry: the child’s age; your postcode; early years setting; whether you are a professional or a parent/carer; and the reason for contacting us.

Please note that emails may not be secure and professionals will need to have parental consent to contact us about a child.

Confident Communicators

This short video explains how communication and language skills develop and provides ways to help your child learn language and take turns in a conversation.

Sorting Out Sounds

For information and ideas on supporting speech sound development, watch these two short videos.

Sorting Out Sounds part 1

Sorting Out Sounds part 2

Getting help

To speak to a therapist for advice, contact us on one of the advice lines below:

South Gloucestershire

Monday 9.30 a.m. -11.00 a.m. (term time only)
Wednesday 9:30 a.m. -12.30 p.m

East and Central Bristol

Tuesday: 9:30am – 12 noon
0300 124 6876

South Bristol

Wednesday: 9:30am-12 noon
0300 124 6876

North Bristol

Thursday: 9:45am-12 noon
0300 124 6876

North Somerset

Wednesday: 9:30am-12:30pm
0300 124 6877

Getting more help (more extensive goal-based help)

Children’s Speech and Language Therapy has an open referral system. If you wish to make a direct referral to the Early Years Speech and Language Therapy Service, please have a look at our Referral Criteria and if you feel your child meets the level of need required, complete the Single Point of Entry Form and Supporting Questionnaires. Please ensure you have parental consent. 

Making a Referral:

Bristol and South Gloucestershire Single Point of Entry Form.

North Somerset Single Point of Entry Form.

Supporting questionnaires:

Aged 2 to aged 2 years and 6 months

Aged 2 years and 6 months to aged 3

Aged 3-4 years

Aged 4-plus

Dysphagia referral parent questionnaire

If you have concerns about your child’s social interaction or feel they may be showing signs of autism, please visit the pages relating to our Autism Assessment Service.

I am a professional...

See the Speech and Language Service REMEDY page for more information about making a referral to our service.

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