Talking more is everyone's business

Everyone has a part to play

Families, whānau, fanau, health, educators, churches, business, iwi, marae, and community groups all have a role. Parents, older siblings and close family are particularly important for very small children. Infants and toddlers only learn through interaction with a more knowledgeable person.
So here is your challenge to help kids, by starting an everyday conversation – it's skill that we all take for granted. Reach out to parents, caregivers, see where children already are, and encourage everyone to do more of what they maybe already doing. Our vision is that we can all foster and demonstrate it around our community leaders, businesses medical and health providers, and other organisations. Join us in helping our children prepare for future success.

Building a knowledge collaboration

How we will help families know about the power of talking more?
  • Trusted organisations sharing knowledge
  • Focus on small children and families
  • Plan and try out small changes
  • Collect data to establish what is working
  • Learn from others – learning on the job

Kickstart action in three communities to learn what works

Here is what we are doing in the next 18 months. It's a start toward a new future with great benefits:

Tools: Develop strategies, tools and approaches that encourage families and communities to interact and talk, sing, tell stories, play and read (proven strategies for increasing interaction and language)

Upskill: Build the capacity and skills of families, communities and organisations to increase their focus on talking and to incorporate proven strategies into business as usual

Gather evidence: Compile data and evidence and share resources on effective strategies. All materials will be available free and open source.

Catalyst: Act as a catalyst for action at community and city level and advocate for national systems change. Not only to help others, but to learn ourselves what works and why.