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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The Elizabeth Foundation’s Impact Report 2018-19

The Elizabeth Foundation’s Impact Report 2018-19

The Elizabeth Foundation has published its latest Impact Report to celebrate and showcase the effect of its work on the lives of young deaf children and their families.

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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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Today is Random Acts of Kindness Day
Can you make a difference in someone’s day? The smallest things can mean the most at the right time; whether it’s treating someone to a coffee or sharing a compliment with a co-worker or friend.
How can you make someone smile today?

Did you know...? On our website we've got a new page we've created for parents who have recently received a diagnosis of deafness for their baby or young child - with videos, advice and information  https://www.elizabeth-foundation.org/services/new-parents/

It was time for a tea party in our baby groups this week! #timefortea #deafeducation #letslistenandtalk

In our preschool classrooms this week, the children have been using their imagination and creating houses (or anything they wanted!) out of junk modelling #deafeducation #letslistenandtalk

Have you got what it takes to Go the Distance for Deafness and help a deaf child learn to listen and talk? A huge thank you to Matt who is abseiling down the Spinnaker Tower for The Elizabeth Foundation and the Friends of Picu. Read Matt's story here: https://ecs.page.link/3546K

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We provide education services 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 services to offer young children with hearing loss the best possible start in life. Many of the deaf children benefiting from our education programmes 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 Speech and Language Therapistsprovides expert support tailored to the needs of each individual child.
We provide Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ educational services for babies, toddlers and preschoolers with hearing loss at our purpose-built Family Centre in Portsmouth, Hampshire. We also offer regular "Listen! Group" sessions 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 Let’s Listen and Talk online educational programme and our popular Summer Residential Programme.
“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." Read more of our stories...
With over three decades of experience 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…)
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…)
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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