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Every Child a Talker ECaT

A project for all children 0-5’s, and all adults

 

Thursday 18th March

We know that children who start school as confident speakers with good language skills go on to become successful learners and achieve well throughout life.

Every Child a Talker (ECaT) is a national strategy designed to improve the skills of children and parents and works towards raising awareness and attainment for children’s early language development for those from 0 – 5 years of age.

A very successful launch has taken place within Bedford Borough and the excitement and commitment to this project has never been higher.

This service will be delivered on behalf of Bedford Borough Council by Michael Jones, who is an Early Year’s Language consultant, from April 2010 to March 2011.  Michael will work in partnership with 20 childcare settings and their staff, to further raise the understanding and expertise of Early Years practitioners across a whole childcare setting.  The setting staff, along with Michael, will work together with the children and their parents to provide fun and innovative activities which will give opportunities for all children to be heard and to become the best talker they possibly can be.

Working with key partners will be an important element of the ECaT programme and crucial to this will be the multi-agency steering group to ensure that ECaT becomes the model way of working for the present and future workforce in the Borough.

Cllr David Sawyer, Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services said: “It is not just the basic function of talking that ECaT considers, but also they way in which we talk to our young people – the content of what we say, and the impact that has on them. ECaT serves to encourage us to think carefully about how we speak to children. Do we spend too much time issuing commands, do this, do that? Do we ever say things that make children feel small by telling them in our various ways, that they are not good enough? I whole-heartedly support Every Child a Talker, and I am sure it will help all of us working with young children to focus on what will help every single child develop.”

For further information about this project please contact Sadie Thornton via email: Sadie.thornton@bedford.gov.uk or Donna Totman, via email at: Donna.totman@bedford.gov.uk

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