Every Child a Talker is also known as ECAT. ECAT began as a National Strategy that was introduced across England. ECAT in West Berkshire is currently funded by the local authority. The initiative is faciliated by two Early Language Consultants. Louise Griffiths is a teacher and Tamsin Rycroft is a speech and language therapist. ECAT focuses on encouraging the communication skills of young children through work with pre-school settings. The whole team working in the setting is involved in supporting ECAT and they have a lead practitioner (known as an ELLP) who attends termly cluster meetings. Each setting that is involved in the initiative has three goals that they are working towards:
1. Identifying and supporting children who may be 'at risk of delay';
2. Developing the knowledge and skills of all of the practitioners who work within the setting;
3. Helping parents to understand the stages of development of speech and language skills and how they can encourage their child's development.
If a child is having difficulties with their speech, language and communication skills, it can impact on their education and their long term future.
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December 2020: December is finally here. The Tiny Happy People initiative has released this super advent calendar. Scroll down the pages to see the calendars for the different age groups from birth to five years. Click on each activity to find out more.
October 2020: No Pens Day Wednesday is back on 25th November! Sign up for your free activity pack now.
Check out the Lenny and Lily books which have been developed to help support discussion around the current situation. Albert and Social Distancing is a another resource which was created locally in Newbury.
September 2020: Access to the early years speech and language therapy service in Berkshire has changed. Please see the CYPF website for further information.
May 2020: Article ''Skills like oracy will be even more vital after Covid''
Information poster for parents - Helping Home Learning
April 2020: New sources of information for families...
Look, Sing, Say, Play - your interactions shape your baby's brain development
BBC Tiny Happy People - your words build their world
December 2019: New websites and advice for families...
The Communication Trust have launched 'The Communication Commitment' to ensure that all pupils communicate to the best of their ability by developing a whole-school approach to communication. Schools can find out more and sign up for free resources on the website.
Take a look at Communicating the Curriculum too. A resource that focuses on spoken language and describes what to expect at the end of each year group of primary school.