Yakka Dee! Series 1
20 x 5 minutes for CBeebies
Have you seen the look on a child’s face when they say a word for the first time? They are filled with joy, positive self-esteem and social confidence.
But, 1 in 10 children in the UK have speech & language difficulties. 1 in 6 primary school children in the UK does not speak English as a first language.
To answer this need, Yakka Dee! was born.
Each episode of Yakka Dee! concentrates on one word. The words featured in series 1 focus on the first sounds children can vocalise, making it especially helpful for young children, those with speech delay, autism or English as a second language.
Shots are from a child’s eye view and aim to imprint a clear visual for them to take away.
Dee is an animated Anglo-Indian girl, and encourages children to say the word with her! Many children, from all different backgrounds, see themselves represented in Dee and her bounce and humour engage the younger end of the audience without alienating older children who may also benefit from the show.
Fist aired on CBeebies in 2017, Yakka Dee!’s viewing figures have been phenomenal.
BBC Studios have invested and the BBC have commissioned 40 more episodes- coming soon!