Former Commissioner for Children and Young People
“I love the work of Licketyspit. It manages to provide great theatre with children and really positive engagement with parents. For me, Licketyspit is more than just a marvellous children’s theatre company: they are a vital spark, igniting imaginations and unleashing creative energies in children and families. They see hope and potential in every child, every parent, every community. I am proud to be an ambassador for Licketyspit.”
Professor Tina Bruce CBE
Early Childhood Education
and Froebel expert
“It is always easy to be carried away by inspirational work with young children. It is necessary to take a long hard look in the cold light of day. Licketyspit has undertaken careful evaluation of the impact of its work, and what emerges is exciting. It helps and develops children’s learning in important ways for their educational development, but my interest is in the particular ability it demonstrates to engage very young children in both’ narrative’ and ‘character’, the two most essential ingredients of literature and creative writing. Without these there would be no literature, either of the oral tradition through storytelling and drama, or the literature that is set down for audiences to read. I have worked to encourage this in young children, and to engage their parents and families in understanding the importance of this deeply human way of high level functioning across the years.
“The work of Licketyspit (LicketyLeap) is of a depth and calibre which has the kind of quality which is rarely found. It now need to become part of practice in every group setting working with children 3-7 years. The more parents and practitioners understand and act on the work of Licketyspit, the more young children will be given educational experiences which will serve them well for the rest of their lives.”