Why talking matters
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. All children are born smart, but some get the right encouragement they need at the right time.
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.
We are working with a small number of communities, linking with families and 'trusted messenger' organisations over our first development phase, 2017. We are partnering with Ko Awatea, the Centre for Health Innovation, to use a quality improvement framework to try out ideas with small groups of families and children.