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Every Child a Talker Comes to The Borough

Wednesday 20th October 2010

 

 

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 language.

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

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