Hands up who wants to talk school

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The State of Education 2016 survey found that in a third of primary schools more than half of new pupils are below the expected level of school readiness. Delayed speech was identified by 78% of school leaders as one of the most common reasons for this, alongside social skills and lack of resilience. You can read the report here.

Childrenanimals2At Clickety we believe effective communication skills are crucial, especially when a child is starting school. Anne Ayre, Speech and Language Therapist, was invited to write a guest article for PACEY's 'School Ready' feature in their Summer 2015 Childcare Professional magazine. 'Hands up who wants to talk school' is full of tips and ideas to help you boost children's speech and language skills to prepare them for school. You can read the article here.

A Place for Stories

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It’s National Share-A-Story Month 2016 and this year’s theme is ‘A Place for Stories’. The idea is to encourage the telling and sharing of stories in unusual (but safe) places.

Sealionread2A rock pool is an unusual place! However we think Ruth and Ruben, who you will find in our Early Soundplay story Sally the Sea Lion, have found the perfect place for sea lions to read! Where do your children choose to read?

Inside or outside?

We would encourage adults to observe where children choose to read. They will often find their own quiet and cosy places to snuggle down in, where they can read alone or enjoy sharing books with others. Quiet and comfortable is key.

There are lots of exciting places to read books outside. If it’s a warm day why not head for a picnic in the park and enjoy reading Clip Clop’s Picnic under a tree?

National Storytelling Week

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This week is National Storytelling Week and we hope you’re enjoying telling stories! Perhaps you’ve been sharing books, retelling favourite stories or creating your own stories to share.Tess Bess read web

Children need to hear and to participate in stories!

Sharing stories with children helps them to develop a sense of narrative – stories with a beginning, middle and end. They will begin to recognise generic plots and types of characters and this helps them to develop their own stories.

Children love repetition! Hearing the same stories again and again gives them the confidence to predict what happens next and reinforces the vocabulary that they hear in the story.

Language tips for Advent Calendars!

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Advent calendars are fun but can also can provide you with an amazing number of opportunities for language development! Have a look at our Clickety Advent Calendar - full of downloadable treats that are great for promoting language.10


Advent calendars give you lots of opportunities for counting and for number recognition. Counting the doors you have opened and counting hidden objects in activities are a great way to do this.

Talking about time

Advent calendars provide you with a great opportunity to talk about today, tomorrow and yesterday. These are concepts many children find tricky.

Top Tips for using Sound Play

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We were delighted when Anne Ayre was invited to write a guest Clickety Books blog for the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Yearspacey

PACEY promote high standards in childcare and early years and support their 35,000 members to help give children the best start in life. We share the same ethos and we really enjoy working with them.

With a theme of  'Top tips for using Sound Play' Anne decided to explore the use of picture books as an effective way to support sound play. They can be a great springboard for a range of extension activities that will provide lots of opportunities for related sound play.