The National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS) has produced a handbook for early years teachers and classroom assistants.
The book, called Deaf-friendly Nurseries and Pre-schools, has practical advice on communicating with very young deaf children.
Hints include letting the child look through a book first to understand the sequence of a story and making the most of visual clues by bringing objects close to the face when talking.
The book was co-authored by Hilary Sutherland, an early years worker from Bristol, and Anne-Marie Hall, education development manager at the NDCS.
The handbook will be available from May 2003, and is free to families and early years professionals. To pre-order, call the NDCS helpline on 0808 800 8880.