Registration opens for Chatterbox Challenge 2016

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I CAN, the UK children’s communication charity, has launched Chatterbox Challenge 2016, its annual sing-a-long fundraising event for under-fives. Celebrating its fifteenth year, Chatterbox Challenge 2016, is open to registrations from nurseries and early years settings across the UK

Chatterbox Challenge encourages practitioners in nurseries and early year settings to support and develop their children’s communication skills through rhyme and song while raising money for the more than a million children across the UK that have speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) requiring long-term specialist help.

Chatterbox Challenge 2016, themed, Ben & Hollys Elf and Fairy Party, is supported by Entertainment One’s popular children’s TV show, Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom for the second year running. Chatterbox Challenge 2016 week will run from 8–14 February, however early years settings and nurseries can hold their challenge any time of the year.

Clare Geldard, I CAN Director of Operations, said: ‘This year’s Chatterbox Challenge provides a fantastic opportunity to get children chattering and to encourage parents to join in and support their children’s communication development at home. Singing songs and rhymes are a great way to develop children’s communication skills which helps them to read and understand at school.’

Streetsbrook Childcare were one of the many settings that took part in last year’s Chatterbox Challenge, and won 1st Prize in the Silver Shooting Star Prize Draw, earning a visit from Ben & Holly themselves. Manager, Katey Moxley said: ‘We were delighted to win the Chatterbox Challenge. We were super excited to receive a visit from Ben & Holly; the children had such a lovely afternoon meeting them and it caused quite a stir throughout the whole school.

‘It is the first time we have taken part in the I CAN Chatterbox Challenge. We felt it was extremely important to raise awareness of children’s communication difficulties by taking part and ensuring our parents understand the importance of singing, telling stories and everyday interactions as fundamental in children’s holistic development.’

You can register for a free fundraising activity pack, or find out more about Chatterbox Challenge and Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom here.

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