Thank you for taking part in I CAN's Chatterbox Challenge 2014

Chatterbox Challenge 2014 took place on the 10 - 16th February and was a great success! We would like to thank every single child, parent, carer and professional who got involved and supported our Challenge. We have some lovely stories and photos from the week, to take a look please click here. If you took part and would like to share your stories and photos from your event then please email them to

We are currently collecting funds from the Challenge to raise money for children across the UK who struggle to communicate. If you fundraised at your Challenge, please pay in your funds below by 31 March 2014. This will ensure that you are entered into our prize draw to win up to £500 worth of TTS educational supplies plus a visit from Humf himself!*

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It is not too late to get involved so if you missed out on Chatterbox Challenge
Week, February 10-16, but would like to hold your event now then click here
for more information about Chatterbox Challenge or

Register now for your FREE fundraising pack.

*Please see competition details here


What does it involve?

The theme for 2014 is Sounds Like Fun with Humf! Children will have fantastic fun learning rhymes around the theme before belting them out in an inclusive sing-along. As well as developing their own communication skills they'll be raising funds to help children across the UK who are struggling to communicate.

The Challenge provides a fun and varied way to meet the EYFS framework, with additional classroom activities provided for each rhyme. So why not...

Register now for your FREE fundraising pack.

Check out the video below to see I CAN's 2013 challenge...

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Jo Lacey, Sing and Sign Plymouth said: "We are thrilled to have participated in I CAN's Chatterbox Challenge Mad Chatter's Tea Party. The children have all really enjoyed learning and singing nursery rhymes and developing their speech and language skills. Everyone had a super time at our Mad Chatter's Tea Party; the children enjoyed performing and the families and staff thought it was a fantastic event! We're really pleased to have helped raise £122 for I CAN's work with children who have difficulties talking and understanding."

Mrs Walker, the Head of Combe Bank Preparatory School, said: "We are thrilled to have won a visit from Humf for raising money for I CAN's Chatterbox Challenge. Communication skills are vital for young children to develop and we are really pleased to have helped support I CAN's work with children who struggle with their speaking and understanding."


The Chatterbox Challenge is a fun event with a serious aim - to raise the vital funds needed by I CAN, the children's communication charity. We strive to ensure that no child is left out or left behind because of a difficulty speaking or understanding.

What is it like to have a communication difficulty?
Watch I CAN's film.

Your Donations

1 in 10 children in the UK that's two or three in every classroom and more than one million across the UK - have communication difficulties that require specialist help. These children are at risk of becoming withdrawn and isolated. Your donations allow us to help parents, carers and people working with children understand the importance of children's communication, how to spot when a child is having difficulties communicating and provide information and training on communication development.

Francisco's Story

By the time he was two, it was clear that Francisco wasn't speaking as much as his peers. While they communicated happily with their parents, Francisco remained quiet. Francisco's parents were left deeply concerned that there was something wrong with their little boy. His mother calls the help Francisco received from an I CAN Centre a 'miracle'. One year later Francisco is a different person. He is confident, can talk to his parents and is now starting school able to communicate and understand, and keep up with his peers. By stepping in and providing support early on, I CAN's Early Years programmes give children like Francisco the best chance to develop communication skills and thrive at school from day one.

To find out more about our work and the early years resources we offer, please visit


As soon as we receive your fundraising we'll enter you into one or both of our prize draws and you'll be in with the chance of winning some fantastic prizes!

Gold Prize Draw

Everyone that sends in a donation will be entered to win:

£500 to spend on educational supplies at TTS plus a visit from Humf!
One of two £500 vouchers to spend on educational supplies at TTS.
One of 300 Humf DVDs.

Star Prize Draw

In celebration of our 125th Anniversary, if you go the extra mile and raise £125 or more you'll also be entered into our Star Prize Draw to win:

£2,000 to spend on educational supplies at TTS plus a visit from Humf!
£1,000 to spend on educational supplies at TTS.
£500 to spend on educational supplies at TTS.

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No negotiation regarding giveaway options will be entered into. Maximum of one prize per entrant; winner names will be removed from remaining draws. I CAN reserves the right to substitute prizes for one of an equal value. No cash alternative will be offered. TTS prizes must be redeemed within one year of the prize draw date. All entries must be received by 31 March 2014. The prize draws will be held 5 May 2014. The prize draws are open to all UK residents excluding employees of I CAN, Entertainment One, Openreach, and TTS. All aplicants must be 16 years old or over. Entries are restricted to one per nursery, school, group or household. By entering either of the prize draws, all entrants will be deemed to have accepted and agreed to be bound by the rules of the draws. No responsibility is accepted for entries that are delayed or lost. It is a condition of entry that prize winners agree to participate in publicity.


Lets get planning!

    Here you’ll find everything you need to get planning.

    Just download each item and print as many as you need. If you would like to order more stickers, posters or collection boxes, just call 0845 200 2714 or email

Please click on the links below for additional resources that can be used for your Chatterbox Challenge event.

Boogie Mites have shared a fun action song and two funky nursery rhymes together with videos and activity sheets.

La Jolie Ronde have supplied fun and enjoyable French and Spanish action songs.

Check out Talking Tots 'Colour Chaos' session, which franchisees are using in Chatterbox Challenge week. The downloadable game reinforces the ethos of developing children's communication skills through activity, plan and fun!

Twinkl Resources is your one stop shop for printable educational resources for the Early Years and Primary age range.


Please check back soon for our latest chatter!

More chatter...

Who's Humf?

If you've not met Humf before, come and say hello. He's a short, round furry thing. He is very curious about the world around him and wants to try everything!

Take a look at his videos...

Visit Humf's website

Humf prizes to be won!

Entertainment One and Humf have very kindly donated prizes for the Challenge. Everyone who sends in their money raised by 31 March 2014, will be entered into one or both of our prize draws.

See Win for full details.


A big thank you to Openreach and TTS
for sponsoring the Chatterbox Challenge.


Openreach maintains and improves the network that connects tens of millions of premises and businesses to telephone exchanges across the UK. We do so on behalf of our Communications Provider customers, who sell communications-based services to consumers and businesses.

They're also the lead deployment arm of BT's £2.5 billion investment to make the Super-fast Fibre Access available to our customers across the UK. Which in turn means that up to 19 million UK premises should be able to enjoy super-fast broadband services by the end of spring 2014.

With communication at the heart of its business, Openreach is passionate about I CAN's work, and recognises how critical good skills are to every young child as they embark on life's journey.

Say hello to Openreach Ollie


We need to say a very big thank you to Humf for lending his support to this year’s Chatterbox Challenge, as well as providing lots of exciting prizes.


TTS are proud to be supporting the Chatterbox Challenge as we share the
same values as I CAN - we want to make sure all children have the best opportunities and support for learning and development. For over 25 YEARS we have been working with specialists, advisors, teachers and practitioners to develop educational resources to support children in the UK and around the world.

Our number one priority is children, and in everything we do we consider their development, safety and educational opportunities. We take the time talk to teachers and practitioners ensuring that our goals are aligned, resulting in exceptional resources to support children of all ages of development, from birth to 18 years old.


I CAN would like to say a huge thank you to their Chatterbox Challenge Partner Groups for their ongoing involvement and support.

Boogie Mites

Boogie Mites aim is to optimise the benefits music plays in a child’s development through ensuring children, parents, carers and teachers have access to a captivating range of music resources, workshops and programmes, packed full of original songs and musical activities, to support young children’s communication skills, intellectual and social development from birth to five years. Our highly acclaimed music programmes support all six areas of the EYFS curriculum; supporting speech, language, communication development from birth; making oral blending and segmenting fun; putting the beat into numeracy and providing a comprehensive musical resource pack specifically for children with SEN.

Visit Boogie Mites


At Debutots we believe that imaginations and words will take you everywhere and there’s no better way to travel than on the crest of a fun filled story!

Our unique sessions take children from the age of 6 months to 7 years on unforgettable adventures through original stories: exploring words and sounds and how we can use our bodies and voices expressively.

Promoting skilful communication, fostering cognitive development and growing a child’s positive sense of themselves and others, our classes are also expertly mapped to the EYFS and KSI curricula.

Visit Debutots

La Jolie Ronde

La Jolie Ronde Languages for Children teaches tens of thousands of children throughout the UK and overseas to build their confidence and enthusiasm for both the French and Spanish language. Founded in 1983, La Jolie Ronde has become the market leader and is celebrating 30 years specialising in early years and primary language learning.

Visit La Jolie Ronde

Talking Tots

Talking Tots is the UK’s original and favourite provider of fun interactive classes that gently boost preschool children’s communication and social skills.

Our friendly and exciting classes can help all children develop some of life’s most important skills:

  • Concentration and attention, making learning easier
  • Self-esteem and social confidence, vital for making new friends
  • Pre-literacy skills, helping pave the way for reading and writing
  • Communication skills, helping little ones express themselves
  • Sharing and taking turns, helping everyone get along better!

Visit Talking Tots

Tots on Tour

Tots on Tour was established in 2002. Established as a training organisation, it works with both families and professionals to enhance ALL children's early communication and language skills. The "Growing Talk" Family Programme is designed to Engage, Enable, and Enhance Confident Communicators, providing families with ideas and activities to share and enjoy together throughout their week and is used extensively within Children’s Centres across Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. "Growing Talk" training is also provided for early years practitioners and settings, in addition to the extensive range of bespoke training and workshops available.

Visit Tots on Tour


This is where you’ll find answers to the questions we get asked the most. It’s the best place to start if there’s something you’re not sure about. If there’s anything else you need to know, then just get in touch!

What is I CAN’s Chatterbox Challenge?

I CAN’s Chatterbox Challenge is an annual fundraising activity for nurseries, children’s groups and childminders. Children aged 0‐5 have fantastic fun and develop their communication skills by singing songs and rhymes to raise money for children who struggle with their speech and language. All the fun and educational activities are provided in the FREE fundraising pack, which you will receive when you register.

Who is it for?

The Chatterbox Challenge is aimed at children aged 0‐5, with thousands of nurseries, playgroups and childminding groups taking part every year.

What is the theme for 2014?

The theme for Chatterbox Challenge 2014 is 'Sounds Like Fun with Humf' and is about getting your children chattering about what they hear throughout their day. With listening and attention being the foundation skills for good communication and language development, young children's learning will benefit from a focus on the sounds around them.

When does it take place?

Most people will be holding their event in Chatterbox Challenge Week, Monday 10th - Sunday 16th February, but you can hold yours at any time that suits you.

How do I go about taking part?

All you need to do is register for a FREE fundraising pack, which will give you everything you need to run a fun and successful Chatterbox Challenge, including:
  • Activity guide packed with rhymes, activities, planning guide and fundraising tips
  • Certificate template and stickers to reward your little chatterboxes
  • Sponsorship form and letter to parents
  • Press release template for coverage of your event in local media
  • Promotional poster and donation collection box

Can I order more stickers and posters?

We’d be delighted to send you more stickers, posters or collection boxes. Just call the Chatterbox Challenge hotline on 0845 200 2714 or email

How can we raise money from our Chatterbox Challenge?

Children taking part in the Chatterbox Challenge can use the sponsorship forms to gather sponsorship for their challenge. There are also lots of other fun fundraising ideas and tips in the FREE fundraising pack.

I’ve lost my unique bank giro slip

You can make payment online here or alternatively call 0845 200 2714 or email to request a new slip.

Will we get a letter acknowledging our donation?

Yes, you will receive a letter and a certificate acknowledging all of your fantastic fundraising efforts. Just make sure that when you register you put in your nursery/school/group/organisation’s name so that we can include this on the certificate.


Paying Your Money In
Please send us your funds raised in one of the
following ways:

Post us a cheque payable to ‘I CAN Charity’. Use the Freepost
envelope provided in your event pack or address it to:

The Boulevard,
Orbital Park,
TN24 0GA

At The Co-operative Bank
Complete the Paying in Slip attached to your welcome letter and
visit your nearest Co-operative Bank.

Online payment link coming soon!

Thank you!


Enquiries: 020 7843 2525
Additional Resources: 0845 200 2714
I CAN Website

The Boulevard
TN24 0GA

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