Frequently Asked Questions
Is Chattertown a drop-in class?
Yes, but make sure you book online to ensure a place.
Are the teachers all specially trained?
Yes. The teachers have all been trained to deliver the Chattertown curriculum.
What do the classes involve?
In each class you will find there are new, original stories and poems, language games and activities, songs, musical instruments, props and movement. These activities support the two-stage curriculum which has been designed to practise specific language skills which your child will be developing or is yet to develop.
How do the classes get babies and toddlers talking?
The activities in each class are devised to practise key learning objectives which are shared in each class. These learning objectives are based on current research into how children acquire language. They can be as simple as practising copying for a 3 month old to working on prepositions for a 2 year old.
At what age can my child start attending Chattertown?
You can bring your baby from 3 months. It is vital for your child’s development that you are regularly communicating with them. These classes can support you in your attempts to do this and provide ideas to help you continue at home. It is important to remember that cooing, babbling and non-verbal skills are the vital building blocks to your child becoming a successful communicator.
Can I really make a difference to my child’s language development?
Yes. Research has proven that, ‘Children develop their language skills through interaction and conversation with those around them, particularly adults.’ Worcestershire NHS, ‘Developing every child’s speech, language and communication in Early Years setting.’
How long are the classes?
Each class is 45 minutes long. The class has two sections, the first is the teacher-led section which is around 35 minutes long. This section is planned in detail to make the most of this time. Your child will be exposed to a range of stimuli and be given lots of opportunity to get involved and you will have some ideas to continue practising during your interactions at home. The second section is a 10 minute free play section, we provide lots of toys and resources which continue the learning done during the first section but can be attempted in a more independent environment. It also gives you a chance to get to know the other mums in the class and your child an opportunity to interact with the other children, putting their communication skills into practise.
How much does the class cost?
Each class costs £5.
How many children are in each class?
We allow a maximum of 15 children per class.
‘Language development at the age of 2 years predicts children’s performance on entry to primary school.’
Research Report DFE-RR134 – ‘Investigating the role of language in children’s early educational outcomes’.
S. Roulstone, J. Law, R. Rush, J. Clegg, T. Peters