Every Child a Talker

Every Child a Talker (ECAT) aims to:

  • Improve the knowledge, skills and expertise of the early years workforce in supporting early language development.
  • Encourage best practice in supporting children under five in acquiring robust speech, language and communication skills.
  • Raise the understanding and expertise of early years practitioners and equip them with the broad range of skills and knowledge needed to work with both children and with parents.
  • Create an enriched language environment within settings.
  • Increase the involvement of parents in their children’s learning leading to stronger home learning environments.

The programme in the borough started in April 2010 with 20 settings participating. In April 2011 we embarked on Phase 2, which involved another 20 settings and the children’s centres. In September 2012 the programme was extended to include the Early Language Development Programme (ELDP), devised by ICAN for the DfE. The target audience was extended to ALL professionals working with children from birth to five. All phases of the programme have been well attended and received by the participants.

During 2011, weekly Talking Tips were made available to all early years practitioners on the programme. The tips aimed to provide new ideas, or act as reminders, for how to support children’s speech, language and communication development. Following positive feedback from early years practitioners who had found them useful and had shared them with colleagues and in their work with parents, the tips are now available for all on this website. Please follow the links below.

Please note: Phases 1 and 2 ECaT programmes focused on children between the ages of 2 – 4 years, however the majority of the tips will be relevant for children outside this age-range.

Talking tips for practitioners

As part of the ELDP/ECaT programme (2012-13), ‘Talking Tips for Parents’ have been developed. Parents can access these directly from this website, however we also encourage professionals working with families with babies and young children to share these tips with parents to support them in helping their child’s speech, language and communication skills development. For example, by displaying the tips in their workplace (centre/setting/clinic) and/or discussing particular tips relevant to specific families.

Talking tips for parents

Information leaflets for parents of children aged 0-5

Updated: 1 July 2013