Helping deaf children learn to listen and talk

Welcome to The Elizabeth Foundation's website

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.

We are a charity, registered number 293835.

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

Top marks from Ofsted for The Elizabeth Foundation!

Top marks from Ofsted for The Elizabeth Foundation!

Staff, trustees, volunteers, families and supporters of The Elizabeth Foundation recently celebrated the wonderful news that Ofsted rated the charity’s services for preschool deaf children ‘Outstanding’ in their latest inspection report.

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Former student Oliver Pritchard takes on the #RedNoseandSpoonRace

Former student Oliver Pritchard takes on the #RedNoseandSpoonRace

In the run up to Red Nose Day on 18 March 2022, young deaf adult Oliver Pritchard is representing The Elizabeth Foundation in the “Red Nose and Spoon Race” on BBC The One Show to help raise funds for Comic Relief.

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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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"The Elizabeth Foundation offers the best opportunities in a specialist environment for children like Nesta ... So many opportunities to allow Nesta to shine like any other happy child would..."

Click here to read Nesta's story:

You can now purchase a ‘book’ of 5 tickets (£1 per ticket) in our Grand Summer Draw 2022!
After purchasing your tickets, you will be entered into the draw and your ticket numbers emailed to you (you will not receive physical tickets). To purchase tickets:

We have developed our own unique multi-sensory oral approach to support the development of listening and spoken language skills in deaf children. This approach encourages the development of speech, language and listening by using all of the child's senses.

Challenge yourself or a group to take on the London Royal Parks Challenge. Trek 45km between 10 London Royal Parks in August in aid of The Elizabeth Foundation.

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Hi, I’m Julie, CEO of The Elizabeth Foundation. More than 27 years ago that I embarked on my EF adventure! All these years on, I’m still motivated & passionate about teaching deaf children. I now combine my time in the nursery with my current role of leading the charity.

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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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