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Every Child a Talker: Guidance for Early Language Lead Practitioners (First instalment)

Publication date:
Nov 2008
Ref:
00854-2008DOM-EN
Audience:
Early years foundation stage practitioner
Function:
Guidance, Early years to Key Stage 1, Subject leadership, Subject specific guidance
Format:
Booklet, Key resource

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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 first instalment includes the following sections:

  • audit tools for evaluating your current language provision and identifying priorities for improvement
  • features of communication-friendly settings: what does one look and sound like?
  • top tips for effective communication: how best to communicate with children
  • guidance on supporting children learning English as an Additional Language
  • making the most of everyday activities to promote language development
  • effective practice in securing parental engagement.

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