Every Child a Talker Comes to The Borough
Wednesday 20th October
As part of a national project to develop
children's language from birth to five years of age, Every Child a
Talker (ECaT) will be working in 20 Early Years settings throughout
the borough, and will run until March 31st 2011.
ECAT is designed to help create a
developmentally appropriate, supportive and stimulating environment
in which children can enjoy experimenting with and learning
Cllr David Sawyer, portfolio holder for
Children’s Services, at Bedford Borough Council, said: “The first
five years of a child’s life are crucial in terms of setting the
foundations to help individuals master speech and language skills.
They will use these skills everyday for the rest of their lives.
Communication is key to a young person’s development, and the
ability to communicate well and clearly makes a child feel
understood and socially confident.”
Bizzy Bees is one of 20 settings, along with
three childminders, included in Bedford's ECaT project. In order to
create a stimulating and exciting area for children to learn new
speech and language skills, the Pre School, in Wootton, have
done an amazing piece of work: turning an unused grassy space, at
the back of the village Memorial Hall, into a sensory
garden and beach, complete with sand, pebbles and a beach hut!
Pre School Manager, Anne Adamson, said:
"We were delighted to receive funding from ECaT to develop our
children's language and communication. We have used it to realise
our dream of having an inspiring outdoor area. As we hoped, the
children and parents can't stop talking about it!"
If you would like further information on the
ECaT project contact Sadie Thornton, via email, at Sadie.Thornton@bedford.gov.uk