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 Centre in Hull, has signed up to use chatta.

Sharon and her colleagues decided to go for chatta after colleagues, nursery workers Julie Lilley and Kirsty Russell, attended our launch event in the city.

“Julie and Kirsty went to the launch day and when they came back they were absolutely buzzing about it,” says Sharon. “We decided to sign up and we will start rolling it out from May.”

All of Fenchurch Street’s 21 members of staff will be trained in use of the chatta approach in May.

The chatta approach will be used to support language development and communication for all speaking age children. Sharon says that it will be particularly useful in supporting children with English as an additional language – around 60 per cent of Fenchurch Street’s roll are from families that have recently arrived in the country, mainly from Eastern Europe.

“I think the fact that the chatta approach was so simple attracted us,” says Sharon. “A lot of language interventions are very time consuming but this wasn’t. That’s what convinced us. It means that we can get up to speed with using it quickly and spend as much time with the children as possible.”

The plan is to have chatta fully functioning and up and running at Fenchurch Street from September.

Sutton Park Primary School in Hull is another recent adopter of chatta.

“I got an email through advertising chatta and thought it was a good idea,” says Senco Chris Wiles. “I went to an event with a Foundation Stage 1 teaching assistant. We were impressed by the versatility and the simplicity of the chatta approach and training resources and also the fact that it was good value. Our first thought was to use it for developing speech and language in our nursery children but I could also see us using it with children from Year 1 through to Year 6.”

While teachers at Sutton Park familiarise themselves with chatta Chris is planning how exactly it will be used on a day-to-day basis. Once chatta is rolled out across Sutton Park the school will then start using the function that allows children’s ‘chats’ to be shared with parents via email.

Chris adds: “The value of just being able to record so easily and share with families is crucial for us. Getting parents on board and giving them a view of their children’s progress will be crucial for us.”