As an ECAT (Every Child A Talker) school, we recognise the importance of early Speech and Language acquisition and therefore we are part of the West Berkshire ECAT network. On this page you will find our regularly updated, talking tips, advice and guidance on supporting your child to become a confident and capable chatterbox and links to advice and further support.


Did you know...


In the UK, over 1 million children and young people (that’s 2 to 3 in every UK classroom) have some form of long term and persistent speech, language and communication difficulty. This can affect them early, severely and for life.

In areas of poverty, over 50% of children are starting school with delayed communication skills. Their speech may be unclear, vocabulary is smaller, sentences are shorter and they are able to understand only simple instructions. Many of these children can catch up with the right support.

A poll undertaken by I CAN showed that only 43% of parents of 0 - 5 years olds were able to correctly identify the stages of communication.

The Bercow Review of Services for Children and Young people with Speech, Language and Communication Needs (2008) found that 77% of parents who responded did not get the information and support they needed when they needed it.

Shared reading as young as 8 months of age is strongly associated with the child's use of spoken language at 12 and 18 months of age.

Looking back at 15 year olds' educational attainments, it was found that children who were read to by their parents during the first years of school showed markedly higher scores.

The most important influences on children's early development are those that come from home.

Saplings enjoyed their Rhyme time challenge and I think all our guests did too!

Saplings enjoyed their Rhyme time challenge and I think all our guests did too!