Let’s build a bridge with parents

Chief Schools Inspector Michael Wilshaw has often spoken freely with an “I blame the parents,” perspective which is frequently published by commentators in the media criticising modern parents as distracted and self-centred, often putting their own needs before those of their children quoting remarks such as “lax parenting” and “wider failings within families”. This type […] Read more

Chatta in Partnership with NAHT Yorkshire

On 20th May 2016, chatta joined with NAHT Yorkshire to deliver a full day training course to Early Years practitioners, headteachers, and SENCOs looking at how chatta can accelerate progress in language development. Feedback Across the board, on the NAHT Yorkshire evaluation forms, all delegates rated the course as excellent. When asked if the day met their expectations Yvette […] Read more

Does increased talk significantly impact vocabulary, language development and school readiness?

“As children learn to speak, adults support their development through informal conversations, through songs and rhymes with movements, through shared reading and through the use of narrative. Asking children to discuss stories or real events (describing what happened, what comes next and what other possibilities might be) helps children to develop their language skills, their […] Read more

Why we chose Chatta

As we travel the country hosting free events showcasing our approach we’re meeting hundreds of early years professionals interested in what chatta has to offer them. As a result we’re welcoming lots of new users to the world of chatta. But what is it that is attracting these new users? Sharon Cattle, nursery manager at Fenchurch Street Children’s […] Read more

Forget the technology wonderkids – it’s the practitioners who really count when it comes to learning

Have the technology ‘wonderkids’ blinded many learning professionals with technology? It’s my view that at some point in the past few years of the education technology revolution that the kit has moved away from its original supporting role as a tool to enable learning. It’s taken a starring role. The end – better learning – […] Read more

Chatta Pilot Launch

There was a powerful reaction from the Early Years Professionals attending the pilot launch event for “chatta” last week. We were joined by Early Years advisers, Headteachers, Nursery Managers, Nursery Nurses, Teaching Assistants and Childminders. Here’s what people were saying: “This is the perfect way to connect with and support parents and carers” “So simple and […] Read more