Welcome to The Elizabeth Foundation's website

We help young deaf children learn to listen and talk.

We are the UK's largest single provider of education services for babies and preschool children with hearing loss.

We provide Ofsted 'Outstanding' nursery services at our Family Centre in Hampshire and online support through our innovative Let's Listen and Talk programme.

Our services

We provide a wide range of services to offer deaf children the best possible start in life from birth to five years.

Through all of our services we aim to help young children with hearing loss learn to listen and talk.

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Julie Hughes featured in AB videos about Cochlear Implants

Julie Hughes featured in AB videos about Cochlear Implants

Our Chief Executive, Julie Hughes, has contributed to videos recently published by the AB (Advanced Bionics) Education and Training Department.

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Volunteer Kate commended in local awards

Volunteer Kate commended in local awards

Our volunteer Kate Bowerman has been Commended in the Education & Mentoring Category of the Portsmouth Inspiring Volunteer Awards 2019.

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Read our Summer 2019 Listen! newsletter

Read our Summer 2019 Listen! newsletter

Read the latest news and updates about our wide range of services and activities in The Elizabeth Foundation’s Summer 2019 Listen! Newsletter.

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Just open the app, view "Settings" and select "AmazonSmile", then follow the on-screeen instructions to select us.

Our friend #Pudsey had fun when he spent some time with us to find out how – with the help of @BBCCiN – we help young deaf children learn to listen and talk. He started the day by taking part in circle time – listening for his name to be called by our Teacher of the Deaf Rachel

We believe that supporting studies - like this research project by the team at @DCAL_UCL - is vital to finding out more about the development of speech and language in young children with hearing loss to inform the practical interventions we use in our preschool classrooms

Fiona Kyle@DrFionaKyle

Thanks to everyone for the wonderful discussions about the first year of data from our new preschool longitudinal study with deaf and hearing children at #tdl2019 - thanks to @BATOD_UK, @NDCS_UK and @Elizabeth_found for their partnership and support @ros_herman @Ladder_Lab

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With the start of a new half-term, we've now started a new learning topic in our preschool classrooms. Here are Adele’s class earlier in the week enjoying a book for our new “Wild Animals” topic and talking about how the animals are different #deafeducation #letslistenandtalk

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We provide <a href="/services">education services</a> for preschool deaf children and support and advice for their families. Having a hearing loss can significantly affect a child’s ability to communicate. However, with modern technology and appropriate intervention during their early years, most deaf children can – and do – learn to communicate clearly and effectively using spoken language.
We provide our <a href="/services">services</a> to offer young children with hearing loss the best possible start in life. Many of the deaf children benefiting from our <a href="/services/education">education programmes</a> significantly narrow the gap with their hearing peers – and, just as importantly, they have fun! Our team of Teachers of the Deaf, teaching assistants and specialist <a href="/services/speechtherapy"> Speech and Language Therapists</a>provides expert support tailored to the needs of each individual child.
We provide <a href="/services/education">Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ educational services</a> for babies, toddlers and preschoolers with hearing loss at our purpose-built Family Centre in Portsmouth, Hampshire. We also offer regular <a href="/services/education/listengroups">"Listen! Group" sessions</a> for children with unaided hearing loss, and for children with additional and more complex needs. For families all over the UK and Ireland who are unable to travel to our Family Centre on a regular basis, we provide support through our innovative <a href="/services/online">Let’s Listen and Talk online educational programme</a> and our popular <a href="/services/education/summer-residential">Summer Residential Programme.</a>
“At the point I was told my tiny baby was deaf, I experienced huge uncertainty and fear for the future which I shall never forget. My son couldn’t hear me and I didn’t know how to help him. “It was at that point that Zach and I were introduced to The Elizabeth Foundation. We were welcomed with open arms into a centre which was to take my fear away, and achieve with Zach what I had feared for him was unachievable." <a href="/stories/">Read more of our stories...</a>
With <a href="/about/history">over three decades of experience</a> providing hands-on education services, we are one of the leading charities supporting babies and young children with hearing loss in the UK.

What people say

Ryan’s story
The Elizabeth Foundation was an amazing place for me and my family, and they have helped us all through a hard time in our lives. It will always be a special place... (more…)
Rachel Elgie and David Hobbs
We were bowled over by the passion and enthusiasm of everybody in the team and made an instant decision to concentrate all our future efforts towards the charity... (more…)
Imogen’s story
The Elizabeth Foundation is not just a charity or a building, it is a stepping stone to lifelong friendships, a place of happy memories and consistent support for families with deaf children. We will forever be grateful for their support!!... (more…)
Glanvilles
After seeing first-hand the amazing work that The Elizabeth Foundation does for deaf children it was no contest when our firm chose our new local charity.... (more…)
Toby’s story
My hope is that Toby grows up a deaf child, proud of who he is and with every opportunity available to him. Thanks to the wonderful support we’ve had as a family from The Elizabeth Foundation, that certainly seems possible... (more…)
Ofsted
This provision is outstanding. Staff promote children's communication and language skills exceptionally well using highly effective strategies, giving children the confidence to join in... (more…)
Mia’s story
Without the excellent and continued support of The Elizabeth Foundation, Mia would not be making the fantastic progress she is... (more…)
BBC Children in Need
The Elizabeth Foundation provides a warm, welcoming and supportive environment that is critical to assisting with the progress of each child... (more…)
Kyle’s story
We will be forever thankful to all at The Elizabeth Foundation – you have most certainly made a huge impact on Kyle’s development... (more…)
Dame Evelyn Glennie, CH, DBE
The Elizabeth Foundation ... an organisation changing the lives of deaf children every day, in the most considered, imaginative and practical ways! (more…)
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