Talking Matters Highlights from 2018
It’s been a great year and we are delighted with how many communities and organisations are interested in collaborating with Talking Matters. Read more
More responsive talk in families makes life easier
Seventeen families started Talking Matters to Tamaki in April, our third and largest group so far. Six coaches from the Glen Innes Family Centre coaches are supporting families to interact and talk more.
More families have joined in because of positive feedback from the families that took part in 2018. 63% of families increased the talk at home. More than 63% of children were involved in more back and forth talk. Read more
E Minaka Ana- the Talking Matters Maori strategy
Over recent months, we have started working with iwi and Maori organisations on early language. This aligns strongly to the E Minaka Ana strategic goal of ensuring Talking Matters is being responsive to iwi as a priority. Through talking with trust board members, local practitioners, whanau and tamariki we are learning more about iwi tribal history, along with their future hopes and aspirations for their people.
We are excited by the potential to co-design with iwi a LENA program that works for whanau raising their children in both bi-lingual and full immersion te reo Maori language environments.
Whānau champions spread the word
Over the last month, two Talking Matters parent champions from Southern Cross have been sharing key messages with parents at the Mangere East Library in a collaborative project with The Southern Initiative.
Since families get most of their information about parenting from family or community members they trust, we are keen to find out what it takes to grow a network of parent champions.
We also recognise the importance of tailoring our messages to work within these unique and diverse cultural communities. Mangere East is a predominantly Pacific community. Through this collaboration, The Southern Initiative and Talking Matters, have been able to introduce parent champions who are able to impart key messages in; Tongan, Samoan, Cook Island and Niuean.
Showcasing Talking Matters to language experts
In early May, Talking Matters had the privilege of working alongside a group of prestigious local and international early language researchers.
Coaches from Glen Innes Family Centre showcased how Talking Matters to Tamaki whānau coaching is making an impact on local families. The researchers also visited Potiki ECE centre where teachers are intentionally focusing on talk and interaction, using LENA recordings as a tool for critical reflection.
This network of researchers has been brought together by the Marie Clay Research Centre from the University of Auckland.
Why Talking Matters in the First 1000 Days
16 October, 2018 - Talking Matters director Alison Sutton presented at the NEXT Foundation annual breakfast in Wellington.
Premiere for Talanoa Ato video
August 2018 - Talking Matters had the pleasure of attending the premiere of Le Malelega a le To'elau's video about the power of Talanoa. The video looks at how the Samoan ECE uses the Talanoa Ato or Kete (Basket) to spark conversations between children and their aiga at home.
Reading in a Winter Wonderland
August - Making fabric books to read to younger siblings proves a big hit for our Talking Matters stall at the Glen Innes Winter Wonderland. See all the photos
Power of Talk in Māngere
June - A working group is being set up in Mangere to look at ways to promote more talk with babies and young children following our Talking Matters community fono at Southern Cross Campus on 28th June. Read more
NEXT Foundation boosts investment in Talking Matters campaign
May - NEXT Foundation has announced it is extending its funding for Talking Matters, our campaign promoting the importance of rich language with babies. Read more