News and updates
Bill Kermode, NEXT Foundation CE | Ginnie Denny, COMET board chair |Susan Warren, COMET CE | Alison Sutton, Talking Matters Director
NEXT foundation boosts investment in Talking Matters campaign
NEXT Foundation has announced it is extending its investment in Talking Matters, our campaign promoting the importance of rich language with babies. The commitment, following 18 months’ of seed funding in 2016, makes Talking Matters a key part of NEXT’s education investment in the First 1000 Days of life. NEXT CEO Bill Kermode says they’re delighted to renew support for Talking Matters. Read more
June Network meeting:
Home grown: how SKIP and the Parenting Resource can help build the early language capability of Kiwi kids, parents and family services
SKIP is an important resource for anyone working with families, and families themselves. SKIP's resources are designed to support families to raise children in loving ways. SKIP is going to showcase how their resources and strategies can encourage more talk and interaction as a central factor in children's wellbeing. You'll come away from this meeting with really useful information and ideas that you can apply in your work and share with families.
What's ahead in 2018 and what we did last year!
Our Talking Matters campaign is growing like a kumara vine. More and more people and organisations have joined, and there is more talk about talk around the country. Here's a summary of our mahi last year and what's ahead.
Everyone can be a part of Talking Matters
Talking Matters is a community-wide initiative, bringing together education, health and social services with whānau to promote the importance of talking more and talking differently with children, to maximise their potential. Talking is particularly important when children's brains are forming – in the first three years, so our focus is families with infants and toddlers. Read more
Language is an 'engine' for learning, thinking, literacy and life
We express our feelings and communicate with others through talk. The words we know and use influence our ability to think, learn and understand the world. Children are born wanting to communicate and learn. When the important adults in their world interact and respond to them, they thrive. Interaction and talk actually grows a baby's brain in their early years. That's why talking matters!