Bitesize Training: Every Child a Talker (ECAT)

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.

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Food for thought: Body Story, Brave New World 🧠👶🏻💕

The ‘Newton Oakley Education: Food for Thought’ series aims to provide you with learning sparks and talking points to share in staff meetings, training or in your professional library.

The award-winning series Body Story reveals the biological drama behind six critical moments in human lives. You can find the episode on birth and the earliest stages of child development below.

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Food for thought: implications for parent partnerships in results from #5BigQuestions study

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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Competition: Shake Up 2021 with bitesize #training or #professionalcoaching!

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Comment to enter: tell us your professional goals and dreams for 2021! 

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! 

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Talking Point: say what you mean, mean what you say

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.

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