Pre-schoolers get chattering to raise money for I CAN, the children’s communication charity.

Children getting creative and making a noise for I CAN are Evie, Paige, Alice, Jace, Nicole, Rowan, Poppy, Kai, Maisey, George and Jessica, with staff Sally, Jennie, Jayne & Rachel

Children from Eccleshall Pre School came together on Tuesday 11 February to participate in I CAN’S chatterbox challenge, the annual sponsored sing-along from I CAN, the children’s communication charity.

Children aged 2 to 5 years at different ability levels learnt songs and rhymes on the theme ‘Sounds like fun with Humf’ which they performed at an inclusive sponsored Chatterbox Challenge performance in front of families and carers.

Sally Rowen, from Eccleshall Pre-School, said;

“We were very excited about taking part in I CAN’s Chatterbox Challenge. We had great fun completing crafts and activities based around the songs. For Hickory Dickory Dock we made a clock and mouse, and we made bunny ears for Sleeping Bunnies. Happy and sad face puppets represented ‘If you’re happy and you know it’, and we used water play to look at things that are and aren’t absorbent, for ‘I hear thunder’. Taking part in the challenge meant that we could help our children develop key skills needed for their communication development, whilst having fantastic fun.”

Kate Free, Chatterbox Challenge Lead Advisor said,

“The Chatterbox Challenge is written with the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) in mind to ensure young children taking part develop their speaking, listening and understanding whilst having great fun. We hope as many groups as possible will take part and help raise money for I CAN’s work with children who have communication difficulties.”

Thanks to sponsorship of the challenge form Openreach, a BT Group Business, alongside TTS, the suppliers of high quality education resources, all money raised by groups taking part in the Challenge goes directly to I CAN’s work with some of the 1.2 million UK children who struggle with their speech, language and communication. Humf, from the popular children’s TV show, is also supporting the Challenge again this year.

For more information contact Sally Rowen, Eccleshall Pre School Manager on 01785 859578 or email