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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Stuck for an idea on what to get a loved one for Christmas? How about gifting them a subscription to one of our prize draw lotteries?
We currently have space in both our 100 and 200 Club lotteries. To find out more information please visit: https://www.elizabeth-foundation.org/help/lottery/

We have just published our Impact Report 2018-19 to celebrate and showcase the effect of our work on the lives of young deaf children and their families over the last school year.

You can download the Impact Report 2018-19  from our website: http://bit.ly/impact-report-18-19

Christmas came to Toddlers this week! The children loved decorating the tree and singing Christmas songs - including "Pull the cracker!" #deafeducation #letslistenandtalk

Test Centre Christmas Opening Hours
Please note the Test Centre opening hours below for the festive period:

23rd and 24th Dec: 9am - 5pm
25th and 26th Dec: Closed
27th Dec to 31st Jan: 9am - 5pm
1st Jan 2020: Closed
2nd and 3rd Jan 2020: 9am - 5pm

Our specially selected range of seasonal charity cards for Christmas 2019 are still available to purchase on our website or in person at our Family Centre - get them quickly whilst stocks last! #charitychristmascard #deafeducation #christmascard

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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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