Every Child a Talker
On Saturday 5th February, a conference will take
place at the Corn Exchange inviting the Early Years workforce,
staff, childminders, volunteers and parents to come and find out
more on the national initiative ‘Every Child a Talker (ECaT). The
conference takes place from 9am – 4pm, and will host presentations
from a variety of guest speakers.
Its aim is to share good practice, practical
ideas and resources that will support and develop all children’s
language and communication skills.
Cllr David Sawyer, portfolio holder for
Children’s Services, who is attending, said: “The day will
underline the importance of promoting good speaking and listening
skills and phonological awareness. Teaching children to speak
clearly, and with confidence, is crucial in their overall
development and will equip them well for the rest of their
On the day, there will be a variety of
workshops available that will provide an opportunity to give
practical advice on a variety of topics, ranging from sign language
to thumb sucking!
Guest speakers will include Michael
Jones, ECaT Consultant, and Jabadao Consultants. Both will
be exploring the rich and complex non-verbal communication that
Bedford Borough ECaT settings will also be
showcasing the work they have carried out in supporting all
children’s communication and language, with ideas and resources
that practitioners or parents could use in their own
To book a place(s) at this conference, please
contact 01234 228494, or email TrainHelp@bedford.gov.uk.
Cost: £25 for delegates from Bedford Borough settings (buy 4
tickets get 1 free) - £100 per delegate for external delegates.