Helping deaf children learn to listen and talk

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 all degrees of deafness.

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 all degrees of deafness learn to listen and talk.

Please read our COVID-19 update for the current status of our services.

Our news

Read the latest updates about our activities helping deaf children

The Elizabeth Foundation Impact Report 2020-21

The Elizabeth Foundation Impact Report 2020-21

The Elizabeth Foundation has published its latest Impact Report 2020-21 to celebrate and showcase the effect of its work on the lives of young deaf children and their families.  

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Read our special 40th Anniversary publication

Read our special 40th Anniversary publication

Read “The Elizabeth Foundation at 40” publication, celebrating our first four decades of helping young deaf children learn to listen and talk.

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Shirley Metherell, MBE

Shirley Metherell, MBE

It is with profound sadness we announce our founder, Shirley Metherell MBE, has passed away.

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As part of our books and nursery rhymes theme our preschool children enjoyed reading "Whatever next?" They had lots of fun finding the different props for the story and even pretended to be on the moon themselves! #learningtolistenandtalk #deafeducation

There's still time to join our Valentine’s Sweetheart Sweepstake! Fifty famous, fictional or historical loved-up couples, one winner, £25 prize money!
Purchase your tickets from or call 02392 372735 or pop in to our family centre (£2 a ticket).

There’s still time to win our fab dinosaur picture created by Graphic Designer Nick Gowman, specially to help raise money towards our services.
£1 a ticket buys you a square so don’t delay buy your ticket today! Tickets available from our Family Centre with draw on 31st Jan 2022!

Today is Brew Monday! Turning the traditional 'Blue Monday' on it's head, now more than ever we need to keep connected and check in with our loved ones and friends. Why not take 5 minutes to ask someone, ‘How are you doing today?’

#BrewMonday #makeadifference

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We provide education services for preschool deaf children and support and advice for their families. Being deaf 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 all degrees of deafness 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 Therapists provides expert support tailored to the needs of each individual child.
We provide Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ educational services for deaf babies, toddlers and preschoolers at our purpose-built Family Centre in Portsmouth, Hampshire. We also offer regular "Listen! Group" sessions for children with unaided deafness, 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 in the 'Our Stories' section of our website.
With over three decades of experience providing hands-on education services, we are one of the leading charities supporting babies and young children with all degrees of deafness 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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