Every Child a Talker

Kent continues to promote best practice from the national Every Child a Talker (ECAT) initiative.

ECAT promotes the development of young children’s communication, speech and language skills by engaging with parents, families and adults working with children aged 0-5.

Language and communication provide the tools for success for children throughout their lives. As adults whether parents or practitioners we have a vital role to play in ensuring children develop these skills.

Children with language delay can have significant difficulties later on, particularly with reading and writing. ECAT is intended to help you give children the right support to reduce the chances of this happening.

A Unique Child - recognises that every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured. View More

Every Child a Talker (ECAT) aims to:

  1. raise children’s achievement in early language
  2. improve practitioners’ skills and knowledge
  3. increase parental understanding and involvement in children’s language development

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Ican is the children’s communication charity. They are experts in helping children develop the speech, language and communication skills they need to thrive in a 21st century world. The vision is a world where all children have the communication skills they need to fulfil their potential. Our mission is that no child should be left out or left behind because of a difficulty speaking or understanding. - http://www.ican.org.uk/

Early Years (0-5 years)

Early Years are a crucial time in children’s speech, language and communication development. Ican has a number of programmes and initiatives to support children’s centres, nurseries and pre-schools.