eLIPS: Early Language in Play Settings


eLIPS is an observational system to help early years practitioners make and record observations about a child’s communication skills to encourage and support discussion about language development in practice. It was developed in an Action Research project funded by Fife Council linking Dundee University with Fife Council practitioners.

You can read more about this project here:


and a full report of the research with 3-5-year-olds is contained in this open access article:


The eLIPS tool is currently being extended for work with 2-year-olds through funding from Fife Council Early Learning & Childcare. Projects to translate eLIPS into Italian and Portuguese are also underway.

If you are a practitioner or represent a local authority that is interested in using eLIPS, more details about this project can be found on the eLIPS website: www.eLIPS.org.uk  If you would like any further information about this project, please contact Dr Lynne Duncan: l.g.duncan@dundee.ac.uk