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’s new book, ‘Talking and Learning With Young Children‘ is largely based on his experience working with hundreds of practitioners and thousands of children in the ECaT project.

To find out more about the book, click here.

Click on a button to find out about Michael’s activities for ECaT in more detail

Images of various ECaT projects in Luton, Bedford and Thurrock