This is an excerpt from our “Bitesize Training: Every Child a Talker (ECAT)” which equips practitioners with a deeper understanding of speech development and a raft of strategies to promote communication and language, including assessment materials. Full training (in-person and digital) can be booked here.
What is ECAT?
Every Child a Talker (ECAT) is a universal speech, language and communication development programme. Initially launched as a national project by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) in 2008, funding was assigned to Local Authorities with relatively poor results against language elements of the EYFS Profile. Norfolk was deemed eligible and received funding to deliver a speech language and communication training and support project to a number of early years settings.
The Duchess of Cambridge has unveiled the findings of the biggest ever UK study on the early years, in a milestone moment for her work on the importance of early childhood in shaping the rest of our lives and broader societal outcomes. The Royal Foundation commissioned Ipsos MORI to conduct the research, aiming to discover what the UK thinks about the early years. It also explores how COVID-19 has impacted the perceptions and experiences of parents and carers of the under-fives. Ofsted has also conducted research in to the impact of COVID-19 on children’s learning and welfare that can be found in briefings here and here.
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Are you hoping to finish a qualification? Perhaps you’ll learn a new skill or test out some new resources? Is 2021 the year you set up your own business or the year you get promoted? Maybe you want to master work-life balance or work on celebrating your team more. Whether you’re aiming for ‘outstanding’ or hoping to finish a sensory garden – we want to know!
Recently I had a discussion with a practitioner who was observing displays of new, highly emotional behaviour in a 3 year old he works with. After a quick review of general development (in particular, her recent development of expressive language – she had recently begun talking) and interactions (between the child and practitioner, the child and others and self-talk during solo play), I identified a key element to these new outbursts of explosive anger and sadness.
Panorama is known for often hard-hitting documentaries on current affairs topics. Several of the available documentaries will link to the Prevent Duty, modern slavery, the politics of education funding, child protection (and serious case reviews) and issues of equality. If you are self-isolating or working from home, these provide some interesting discussion starters!