Resource is the first of its kind in the world
The new Chatta resource for parents is the first of its kind in the world and the Parks Children’s Centre is the first to introduce the approach to their parents and carers offering them support to develop their child’s progress and learning. It will also be officially launched at the National Day Nurseries Association annual conference on 30 June in Manchester, with guest speaker TV presenter and populariser of mathematics Johnny Ball.
Chatta’s resources are currently being used by hundreds for schools across the UK and overseas delivering proven impact which is benefiting thousands of children. In a year-long trail undertaken by a national teaching school 100 per cent of participating pupils made better than expected progress.
Developed in Hull over two years by former Hull teachers Chris Williams and David Andrews, supported by Cheryl Bowers at the Hull City Council Early Years Team, the Chatta app is available for iPad, iPhone and Android tablets and phone. It is now available for parents to utilise to support their children’s learning and development at home. Unlike many uses of technology, Chatta is designed to promote spoken language and interaction and memory skills.
By linking images and voice recordings, children build up to a deeper understanding of order and sequence, leading to oral fluency and narrative competence. The images and voice recordings also provide a perfect tool for children to rehearse oral narratives for the purpose of reflection and revision for working memory.
Chris Williams, Founder of Chatter, said: “Every child can benefit from this approach. At a time when reports are telling us that tablets and apps can restrict children’s social and communication development it is exciting to be able to introduce a new way of learning that actually uses our technology to achieve so much.”
Cheryl Bowers, Hull City Council, said: “There is nothing like this. We know so many of our families are interested in using technology to support their child’s learning and this is the best way there is, and it was all made in Hull.”
Laura Stenton-Bentley, a parent from Sheffield, who was involved in a pre-launch pilot project, said: “Thank you so much for giving us something that can help my son move forward. I am speechless! Absolutely excited to see what he can achieve with this approach! All I can say is WOW! You have created something amazing. It’s so simple yet the results are instant! I can’t get my head around why nobody else has come up with this method of teaching.”
Laura explains how chatta has changed her son’s life on The Radio Humberside Breakfast Show on the 14th June 2017.
Councillor Phil Webster, Portfolio Holder for Learning, Skills and Safeguarding Children, said: “Every child deserves the best start in life and this is a great project. As digital technology is reshaping our lives on a daily basis and the way we communicate, this new app for parents is an effective way to support their child’s learning and development. Chatta helps children become better communicators, readers, writers and thinkers, offering huge benefits for when they start primary school.”
Staff at The Parks children’s centre are fully trained in using the app and will be using the approach with the parents who visit the centre.