Category Archive for: ‘Early Years Workers’


Reading for pleasure improves children’s educational outcomes by Kate Freeman, I CAN Communication Advisor

There’s been some really interesting news to back up what many of us feel about the long term benefits of books and stories for young children. A new Institute of Education (IoE) study* found that children who read for pleasure, or who are read to at home, do much better in spelling, vocabulary and even maths tests right up to …

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I CAN Chatterbox Challenge 20141

Chatterbox Challenge Launches Today!

I CAN’s 13th Chatterbox Challenge has launched today. Chatterbox Challenge: Sounds like fun with Humf is the annual sing-along for children in early years settings across the UK. With sponsorship from Openreach and TTS, and the continued support of Humf from the popular children’s TV show, I CAN are calling on as many groups as possible to get involved to make this …

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Make a fish… or a whole aquarium!

One, Two, Three, Four, Five One, two, three, four, five Once I caught a fish alive Six, seven, eight, nine, ten Then I let him go again Why did you let him go? Because he bit my finger so Which finger did he bite? This little finger on my right   Make a fish… or a whole aquarium! This activity …

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What is Stammering?

Stammering is how we talk about a child’s speech when they are affected in the following ways: Their speech is ‘jerky’ and gets stuck They can’t seem to get started with talking (“….. I want some juice”) They repeat sounds in words e.g. “ssstory” They repeat part of the word (e.g. “mu-mu-mu-mummy”) What is the difference between stammering and stuttering? …

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Virginia 125 Champion

I CAN’s CEO Virginia Beardshaw walks across Morecambe Bay to raise money as an I CAN Champion


Well, we did it. And ‘we’ is the operative word: it turned out that I was one of 420 people, plus a miscellany of over excited dogs of every shape, size and colour. We were guided by Cedric, the ‘Queen’s Guide’, who spends his summers taking groups across the perils of Morecambe Bay. Mary Hartshorne and Jonothon Wright from I …

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