Every Child a Talker

Every Child a Talker (ECaT) was a national project to develop the language and communication of children from birth to five years of age. The project was set up after concern about the high levels of ‘language impoverishment’ in the UK, and how this affects children’s progress in school and chances in life.

It aimed to:

  • raise children’s achievement in early language
  • improve practitioners’ skills and knowledge
  • increase parental understanding and involvement in children’s language development

ECaT was designed to help create developmentally appropriate, supportive and stimulating environments in which children can enjoy experimenting with and learning language. At Woodberry, we use ECaT materials to inspire activities and liaise with our local education authority for training and updates. With your permission (via our registration form) we share children’s attainment data in this area of learning with the local authority, This data informs future projects.

It is also designed to be used at home with parents and carers. Through everyday, fun and interesting activities which reflect children’s interests, ECAT will encourage early language development right from the outset, extending children’s vocabulary and helping them build sentences so that before they start school, children are confident and skilled communicators.

A great source of information for parents and carers about children’s speech and language development is Talking Point. Talking Point gives parents/carers and practitioners the information they need to help children develop their speech, language and communication skills. If a child has difficulty with speaking, they may need help, or they may struggle in nursery or school. With the right help, they can develop the skills they need.

If you are concerned about a child’s speech, language and communication, you can use the Progress Checker as this allows you to review a child’s progress in talking, listening and understanding. There is a database of resources and FAQ factsheets for parents/carers.

Look out for ECaT displays and information around our settings.

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