Since November 2008 we have been taking part in the Government initiative Every Child a Talker. This project will run until 2010 and its aim is to provide and train nursery practitioners to encourage the development of children’s speech, language and communication skills as well as giving activity ideas to parents to do at home with their children.

So far we have implemented a daily language group, introduced a self-registration system for the children and set up a lending library.

Our language group takes place between 10.15 and 11.00 every day, throughout the week activities are planned and geared towards each individual child’s ability. Activities include: letters and sounds, sound and listening walks, sound lotto games, rhyming and alliteration games, stories and singing, small world play and role play.

We have a fantastic new library resource where all children can borrow items on a regular basis for a 20p charge. Items include surprise boxes which include Ben 10, Spiderman and treasure chests as well as story sacks – complete with toys and games to be used in conjunction with a well-known story. The theory behind the library is to encourage families to play, read and sing together for a few minutes each day.

We also have three ‘Take home’ bears who go home with children and families, this is a good opportunity for children to feel special, it also encourages great language and communication.