Widgit Software

Early Years

Supporting communication and reading for young learners

Learning to read and write can be very difficult, especially when new concepts are being introduced. Young children can also find a new environment daunting and hard to navigate.

Widgit symbols add support to the learning environment and motivate children.

Symbol labelling, visual timetables and educational materials make it easier for young children to access information and feel more confident.

Early yaears symbols
More about symbols:
  • Staff working in Early Years settings and children’s centres use symbols to label the environment, making it accessible to pre-school children not able to read.

    More on symbol signage from Widgit

  • Symbols are also used to help children explain and communicate by choosing the relevant symbol, for example symbolised cards to answer the question, "How are you feeling today?"

    From the Symbols Inclusion Project

    Behavioural Prompts Pack

  • Symbols are often used to support behaviour management.

    Staff make booklets to model the right choices, such as playing together, sharing toys and being kind, while discouraging  antisocial behaviour such as being angry and hitting. Popular characters are incorporated to personalise the booklets for individuals.

Who symbols can help

Widgit uses symbols to support people with communication, language or learning disabilities.
Who uses symbols?

  • Over 1 million children and young people have some form of long term speech, language and communication difficulties (1)

  • In some parts of the UK, 50% of children are starting school with speech, language and communication needs (1)

  • 10% of all children have complex or persistent language needs (2)

  • 50 – 90% of children with persistent difficulties go on to have reading difficulties (1)

Widgit Symbols add visual support to the printed word, opening up the world of information to those otherwise excluded from it.
Find out more about symbols

  • Enhance access to learning
  • Reduce EAL language barriers
  • Faster academic progress
  • Improve independence
  • Support speech and language development

Health Communication Book

Create your own materials

InPrint 3

Create symbol materials to print
Widgit symbols, along with the powerful features and freedom of layout of desktop publishing, help to create materials that have a professional look.

My First Mouse

Teaching young children to use the mouse
My 1st Mouse is a fun way to help young children from around 2 years-old and upward learn to use a mouse.

First Keys 3

Keyboard awareness through literacy activities
Choose from a wide selection of over 80 activities and make your own with Widgit Symbols.

Snaps Photo Library

Over 1,000 photo alternatives to symbols
The Snaps photo library is an add-on for InPrint with images of common objects ready for use in your communication materials and grids.


Early Years Bundle

Complete Widgit Collection

InPrint 3
By Choice
First Keys 3
My 1st mouse

Single £269
Five £619
Ten £889
Twenty     £1,129
Thirty £1,349

Need help?

To discuss our software and services, please call 01926 333680, or email info@widgit.com

Fun and educational apps

Widgit Vocab

Widgit Vocab is a series of iPad apps designed to develop basic vocabulary. Widgit Vocab can help extend a user's vocabulary range with listening, speaking and reading activities.

Verbal Comprehension

NEW: Assess early language and verbal comprehension - suitable for practitioners, teachers and parents.


Learn about sentences and the elements that construct them with this exciting series of apps for children.


App Bundles

Get the best deals with Widgit App Bundles

Need help?

To discuss our software and services, please call 01926 333680, or email info@widgit.com

Hundreds of free and low-cost symbol resource packs, created in partnership with professionals

Symbols at Home

20 sets of flashcard files – ideal for parents, carers or childminders to use at home.

Format: Price:
CIP filesCIP files from £10


Household Vocabulary

100 flashcards and 3 spelling activities covering household vocabulary.

Format: Price:
CIP files £5


Behavioural Prompts

This pack of flashcards which support a range of situations in the learning environment.

Format: Price:
CIP filesCIP files from £7


Design Studio

Had an idea for a resource?

Want to create a more accessible environment?

We can create accessible symbol information, tailored to your needs.

Our specialist design team will work in partnership with your organisation to produce symbolised documents which cater for your individual requirements.

Bespoke service
We consult with you throughout the design process, creating new symbols where necessary, to ensure that the end result is fit for purpose and appropriate for the different needs of your client base.

Best practice
We can also work with you to develop your understanding and knowledge of “best practice” in symbol accessibility and suggest the most appropriate language for your information.

Meeting your responsibilities
An inclusive approach to the design of your product or service will help you to ensure compliance with current legislation on accessibility.

Design studio services include:

  • Translating information into symbols
  • Symbol design
  • Symbol signage
  • Development of resources
  • Converting text to easy read
  • Design and layout
  • Support in a wide range of media
  • Licensing symbols
  • Advice and training

Get in touch

If you want help with accessibility or have an idea for a resources, please contact us.

For design services, email

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