Skip to main content

Professional Resources

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.

ECAT Guidance

Every Child a Talker (ECAT) is 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.

ECAT strategies and resources are designed to help you to create a supportive and stimulating environment within your provision in which children can enjoy experimenting with and learning language.

ECAT will encourage the development of early language through everyday fun and interesting activities which reflect children’s interests and enable them to become confident and skilled communicators.

A low cost online training package is available to support practitioners.

National Strategies ECAT instalments

The National Strategies write materials to support Every Child A Talker (ECAT).  These remain relevant documents and tools to support practitioners and can be downloaded from the links below.

Every Child a Talker First Instalment

Every Child a Talker Second Instalment

Every Child a Talker Third Instalment

ECAT tools

These ECAT activities are taken directly from the National Strategies.

Supports practitioners language and communication within the setting:

ECAT Activities section 1

Looks at supporting language by focussing on the continuous provision:

ECAT Activities section 2

A possible audit of language provision in your setting:

ECAT Audit

Top tips for talking:

ECAT Top Tips

Top of page