Every Child a Talker

Every Child a Talker (ECaT) was a national project to develop the language and communication of children from birth to five years of age. The project was set up after concern about the high levels of ‘language impoverishment’ in the UK, and how this affects children’s progress in school and chances in life.

Michael was the Early Language Consultant for the ECaT projects in Luton, Bedford and Thurrock. The Luton project ran for two years, and was judged by the National Strategy to be outstanding. The activities that we developed together were many and varied, with an emphasis on supporting parents, developing practitioners’ knowledge, skills and confidence and making links with schools and other local organisations.

Michael supported settings through a wide range of practical activities, including staff training days, modelling communication with children through storytime and other group activities, meetings with parents (including giving talks and leading discussion groups).

Michael specialises in working with parents and their children, through small discussion groups, working with parents and children through sharing stories, as well as more formal parents’ meetings. To see a flier for a fathers’ meeting and feedback from a storytelling session with fathers click here.

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Images of various ECaT projects in Luton, Bedford and Thurrock