Chatterbox 2017 launched

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I CAN, the UK children’s communication charity, has launched Chatterbox 2017 — its annual early years event for children aged 0-5, kicking off during the week of 8 May 2017.

Chatterbox 2017 aims to raise awareness around the importance of good speech, language and communication for all children and I CAN are calling on all early years settings to get involved. As there is no fundraising element this year, anyone and everyone can take part!

Now in its 16th year, I CAN’s Chatterbox event encourages practitioners in nurseries and early years settings to support and develop children’s communication skills. I CAN will provide nurseries and early years settings with a week’s worth of fun and engaging activities. The Chatterbox activities have been developed by I CAN’s very own speech and language experts and focus on a range of communication areas including listening and attention, understanding and speaking.

Chatterbox is being supported by TTS, suppliers of high quality educational resources, and all settings taking part will be in with the chance of winning vouchers to spend on supplies. I CAN simply ask settings to send in a photo of their Chatterbox activity to be entered into the competition.

Kate Freeman, Lead Communication Advisor for I CAN, said:

Chatterbox is a fantastic opportunity to get children chatting and give them the best possible start in life. Early language skills are crucial to later development. Without these skills, children will struggle to learn, make friends and reach their full potential. We know that 1 in 10 children in the UK — that’s two or three in every classroom and more than one million across the country — are struggling because of difficulties with their speech and language. That’s why raising awareness about early speech and language development during Chatterbox week is so vital.

In the meantime, I CAN want to hear from all early years practitioners about their experiences of support for children’s speech, language and communication. The Bercow: Ten Years On review is an opportunity to share views about support currently available for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).

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