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Every Child a Talker (ECAT)

Every Child a Talker (ECAT) is a national project to develop the language and communication of children from birth to five years of age.

Child Monitoring Tool and Action Plan

The child monitoring tool enables practitioners to assess the developmental level of children’s speech, language and communication. It is structured across 4 strands which, although appear separate, are interlinked.  

It is proposed that observations link to the best fit for a child in each strand (see information on the reverse of the tool). The information is to be put onto the overview sheet along with the child’s chronological age in months. The developmental stage needs to be compared to the child’s chronological age to establish if the child is ‘at risk of delay’, ‘as expected’ or ‘ahead’ (see information on the reverse of the tool).  

This is a very powerful and informative tool and should be used on a regular basis to link outcomes to learning language across the provision.

Child Monitoring Tool

Child Monitoring Tool Action Plan

For use with PFTS:

Child Monitoring Tool Cohort Tracker

Frequently Asked Questions

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