Skip to content ↓

Every Child A Talker (ECAT)




Help me to learn new words

Name the toys and items that I'm looking at. Repeat the words several times for me to hear. I will find it easier to learn a new word if I hear it many times.


Every Child A Talker.

Every Child A Talker (ECAT) was a national strategy established to focus on encouraging communication skills of children. Calcot School has been involved with the ECAT project for the past six years. The whole Nursery Team is involved with one member, Mrs Ruse, being the lead practitioner known as the ELLP. At Calcot School we have three goals which we are working towards, these are:

  • Identifying and supporting children who may be at risk of delay in their communication and language skills.
  • Developing the knowledge and skills of all the practitioners who work within the setting.
  • Helping parents to understand the stages of development of speech and language and how they can support their child’s development.

Difficulties with speech, language and communication skills have an enormous impact on a child achieving their educational potential and long term future. 


Further Information

The Every Child’s A Talker website has some useful information for parents.

The following are also useful websites.


  • Severe Weather Newsletter

    Please read our Severe Weather Newsletter for 2019/2020

    Read more
  • Nursery Places Available

    We have some spaces available in our Nursery for September 2019. If you are interested please call the school and we will be happy to help you with your enquiries.

    Read more
  • Young Carer's Awareness Day 2019

    On the 31st January is Young Carer's Awareness Day.  Current figures are that 1 in 5 secondary children have a caring role.  The figures are 1 in 10 for children under the age of 10.

    A young carer is someone under 18 who helps look after someone in their family, or a friend, who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol. They will do many tasks like:

    Practical tasks, such as cooking, housework or shopping.

    Physical care, such as helping someone out of bed.

    Emotional support, such as talking to someone who is distressed.

    Personal care, such as helping someone dress.

    Managing the family budget and collecting prescriptions.

    Helping to give medicine.

    Helping someone communicate.

    Looking after brothers and sisters.

     If you would like more information as to how to help a young carer. Please click on the link below.

    West Berkshire Young Carers website

    Read more
All latest news  


Full calendar