New kit to help kids up for award

Pupils try out the itkits activities at Battle Hill Primary School, Wallsend. Picture by David Charlton Photography.
Pupils try out the itkits activities at Battle Hill Primary School, Wallsend. Picture by David Charlton Photography.

A unique programme to help give children the best start in life has been shortlisted for a national award.

Linda Tallent and her team at the Learning and Training Consultancy (LTC) in North Shields have created an early intervention toolkit – known as itkit.

The kit, to help schools and nurseries support children who are not reaching age-related expectations, has been shortlisted for the Nursery World Awards.

Linda, who has spent more than 30 years working in some of the most deprived areas of the UK, said: “Systematic early intervention is key to giving children the building blocks they need for a lifelong love of learning.

“There is no point waiting until children start school at five. We need to identify any developmental problems as early as possible.

“I have seen children start school with physical development delays, such as walking awkwardly, difficulty pedaling or jumping with both feet.

“Others have language delay, but that may be in some cases because they have not had enough interaction with adults.

“But with a programme of personalised, basic activities, many children can learn the skills they need to narrow the gap with their peers.”

The itkit is proving popular with schools and nurseries as it takes everyday resources and creates a personalised intervention programme.

Activities include space-hopping to build core strength, blowing bubbles to improve mouth muscles and one-to-one role play activities.

The itkit was shortlisted in the best staff resources category and the winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in London in September.

For more information, visit www.learningandtraining.co.uk