Families are key

Talking more - simple, free and easy

    You have the power to make a difference. Children are learning language before they talk. It is never too early to play, talk, read, sing, tell stories - they build the connections in children's brains.
    Talking builds a bond between parents and child
    How and what babies and children learn and their brains develop depends on their relationships with caring, responsive adults and early positive experiences. [1]For optimal development, children need repeated child-focused and meaningful interactions with a responsive parent or carer. Children who start school healthy, confident and ready to learn with good oral communication skills are likely to do well. Talking, playing, singing and reading to children does not have to be in English.

Words create our world

Gifting children new words to extend their word knowledge and their understanding of the world around them.
  • Singing, storytelling and playing with children helps build their brains.
  • Extended conversations so there are more opportunities for children to speak and the conversation goes back and forth.
  • More talking with children, anytime, anywhere about any topic make children's brains develop fast in the first few years.
  • Language is a key part of making them learn more and faster. Reading to babies and small children means they hear new words, learn about new ideas and become familiar with books.
  • Start talking, singing and reading to baby early – even before birth. It's never too early to start because brain growth is so rapid in the first few years of growth.

Everyday opportunities

Singing, storytelling and playing not only extends our knowledge of the world around but helps build brains. Any way to extend conversations and create more opportunities for children to get their time to speak with the conversation going back and forth. More talking with children, anytime, anywhere about any topic help brains develop fast in the first few years. Language is a key part of making them learn more and faster. Reading to babies and small children means they hear new words, learn about new ideas and become familiar with books. Start talking, singing and reading to baby early – even before birth. It's never too early to start because brain growth is so rapid in the first few years of growth.

Reading is an easy way to share ideas
Reading builds vocabulary and relationships. Reading is easy time to do anywhere. Stash some books everywhere e.g. in the car, in your bag or the pushchair. Becoming familiar with books and stories before starting school helps prepare for classroom teaching. Books often contain vocabulary that is more sophisticated than words used in everyday conversation.

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