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Every Child a Talker (ECaT)

ECAT is a government programme to provide training and support on language development and intervention to those working in Early Years at a universal level. It can be downloaded from the National Strategies (External Website).

The aims of ECAT were to raise children’s achievement in early language; raise practitioners’ skills and knowledge and to increase parental understanding and involvement in children’s language development. 

ECaT in Worcestershire

Worcestershire participated in the government funded project between September 2009 and July 2010.

  • Training, support and advice were provided to 30 settings across the county and measurable improvements were demonstrated by reducing the number of children "at risk" of speech, language and communication delay from 45% in the Autumn term 2009 to 28% in the summer term 2010.
  • Practitioners and parents felt much more confident about ways in which they could help and support their children's speech, language and communication development.
  • Many of the lessons learnt from, and resources developed for, this project have been incorporated into this SLCN Pathway to ensure sustained and embedded practice for these children.

© Worcestershire County Council and Worcestershire PCT 2011.

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