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Every Child a Talker: Guidance for Consultants and Early Language Lead Practitioners (Third instalment)

Publication date:
Jan 2010
Early years foundation stage practitioner, Early years leader
Booklet, Key resource


This publication is available as a PDF file (1.8 MB).

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Every Child a Talker (ECAT) aims to:

  • raise children's achievement in early language
  • improve practitioners'skills and knowledge
  • increase parental understanding and involvement in children's language development

ECAT is designed to help create a developmentally appropriate, supportive and stimulating environment in which children can enjoy experimenting with and learning language. It can be implemented whether children are in Early Years settings, with a childminder or at home with their parents. Through everyday, fun and interesting activities which reflect children's interests, ECAT will encourage early language development right from the outset, extending children's vocabulary and helping them build sentences so that before they start school, children are confident and skilled communicators.

These materials are designed to support in developing the role as a lead practitioner and in developing high quality language provision and are closely linked to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

This third instalment is aimed at both practitioners and consultants and contains 30 local authority case studies focusing on the journeys of children, parents and practitioners.

This publication may be available to order from:

  • Order from DfE Publications

    DfE Publications
    PO Box 5050
    Sherwood Park
    NG15 ODJ

    Tel: 0845 60 222 60
    Fax: 0845 60 333 60
    Textphone: 0845 60 555 60


  • Pals 4.42 pm, 26th March 2010

    I have tried to order this publication which is for Early Years Practitioners. I am therefore surprised to find that you can only order it if you are a primary school. I know it available to download, but a hard copy is much easier to use when training staff etc.

    Teresa Robinson Pals Pre-school Bromley

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