pablo (7)Linda Tallent has spent over 30 years as a teacher and independent educational consultant, helping to raise standards in early years settings.

Following up on reports that a quarter of children are starting school below age-related expectations in the prime areas of learning, the Sunday Sun spoke to Linda to find out how early intervention can help many children catch-up.

Read her front page story here

I love working with people who are passionate about what they do and Linda is certainly one of those people. Every conversation I have had with her has left me feeling inspired with new ideas and filled with motivation, not just to help spread the message of the vital role of early intervention, but also to try out her activities and advice with my own children.

Linda and her colleague Jean Thompson, have designed a new resource for schools and nurseries called the itkit. It is packed with easy to follow and practical activities that can help children develop the skills that are so important to help them get the most out of school.

Children are not active enough in early years, the experts say, spending too much time indoors, in car seats and buggies or in front of screens.  This is holding back both their physical and cognitive development.

But Linda sees plenty of reason to be positive, as she has seen from experience that with the right interventions, carried out early, many children can catch up before they start school.

Linda Tallent 13 (5)Linda’s itkit features fun and simple activities that can be put into action in early years settings and at home. They include bouncing on space hoppers to improve core strength, walking along lines, role plays and blowing bubbles.

She firmly believes in the value of children learning through play, to ensure children enjoy the school environment.

Surely giving our children the best start in life should be a national top priority and investing in those first formative early years will save vital funds in the long run.

To read more about the itkit visit The Learning and Training Consultancy