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About ECAT and News

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.


May 2019: Are you ready for Pjamarama?
Article: Let them play! Kids need freedom from play restrictions to develop
Article: Parents swap tech for books at bedtime

April 2019: Inspiration - Illminister Avenue Nursery in Bristol - check out their Facebook page for loads of photos
Nursery in Bristol removes toys to improve creativity
A nursery school in the UK has banned all toys - find out why (radio podcast)

April 2019: Over 300,000 toddlers have never been read a nursery rhyme by their parents a study suggests
Chat, read and play (You Tube video)

March 2019: Muddy Study - outdoor classroom day

Febraury 2019: Clarks shoe shop staff trained to speak to children

January 2019: TES article 'Conversation beats word count in child language development'

November 2018: Article 'How you talk to your child changes their brain'

April 2018: Article 'Children's communication needs as important as fight against obesity'

4th October 2017 is No Pens Day Wednesday. It's not too late to get involved and there are free resources for all ages ranges on The Communication Trusts website. You can do your own No Pens Day Wednesday at any time :-)

September 2017: Video about noisy classrooms

August 2017: Articles about water play, play through the eyes of a child and classroom environments

October 2016: Article - 'School with guns, knives and fire on the timetable - and Ofsted loves it'

September 2016: Save the children report - 'Boys nearly twice as likely to fall behind girls by the time they start school'

March 2016: Article - 'Early language skills key to later success'

January 2016: Article - 'How free play encourages emotionally stable children in an unstable world'

October 2015: Mindful Transitions - An article about supporting children in the classroom.

May 2015: The Communication Trust has developed a new resource called 'Communicating The Code' for practitioners who work with children and young people who have speech, language and communication needs. It will give you information about the implementation of the SEND code of practice 0 - 25 years.

April 2015: The Communication Trust have launched a new Early Years section on their website. It contains links to resources and information for parents and practitioners who work with young children.

May 2014: I've just read this thought provoking blog written by Michael Jones "You've got to get in to get out: or how we can have satisfying conversations with young children"

June 2013: Article - Great talking tips for parents

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