Ok - so assume that is after the Easter holidays so you have masses of time
Been through this recently....
Check with your DC if they are having a practice run through first - many do this and get feed back from the teacher afterwards.
Check the exam board web site for detailshttp://www.cie.org.uk/qualifications/ac ... def_id=852
but yes they can take notes in with them but the danger is the tendancy to keep looking down at the notes rather than speaking out to the examiner. Try to get them to think of them as emergency back up and/or list of headings.
Part of the marks are for content and for answering questions subsequent to the talk so don't worry too much about the actual talk bit.
Its important that they feel confident with the material so research it well and get familiar with the subject beyond just memorising a set speech.
I would have reasonably detailed notes of points and any good phrases and then have couple of timed practices to see how it goes. Once you have an idea of what to say then try recording a few times and listen back to make notes of positive and negatives (content and manersisms).
Once you have got the content sorted then have a couple more run throughs to improve delivery.
Then practice a couple of times a day (eg morning and afternoon) so it gets totally stuck in the memory!
Hopefully by being confident with the material and not worrying that they will forget something they will be able to focus on strong delivery.
Once confident it would be worth trying to get DC to 'perform' it in front if other people - grandparents, siblings - and ask them a range of questions so they have some answers prepared and get practice at 'thinking on their feet'.
Its important that they remember not to get flustered if they fluff a bit - nobody is expecting them to be perfect. So if it goes wrong just carry on and focus on what they are saying next.
Hope it goes well.