Talking Matters partners with whānau, communities, practitioners, iwi and government to build and support language-rich environments for children.

A language-rich environment intentionally makes space for language/s to flourish.  It is vibrant and contains all the languages of that community in the spoken, written, cultural, gestural and artefactual form.  A language-rich environment combines cultural, linguistic, social and pedagogical practices that enable children to develop the language skills they need to thrive as thinkers, talkers and readers.

Our way of working

With these principles as a foundation...

Ko tōku reo tōku mapihi maurea  - Language is a precious taonga
Ko tōku reo tōku mapihi maurea

Language is a precious taonga

Whanaungatanga - We build robust relationships
Whanaungatanga

We build robust relationships

Akoranga  - Teaching and learning
Akoranga

Teaching and learning

Rangatiratanga  - Whānau and practitioners are agents of change
Rangatiratanga

Whānau and practitioners are agents of change

And through strategies like

Goal setting - Co-designing pathways for change
Goal setting

Co-designing pathways for change

Capability building  - Peer to peer and advisory
Capability building

Peer to peer and advisory

Data for change - Collection and analysis
Data for change

Collection and analysis

Community building  - Enabling connections
Community building

Enabling connections

We partner with others to generate...

Whānau change - Through peer-peer coaching
Whānau change

Through peer-peer coaching

Social work practice change - Social workers supporting families
Social work practice change

Social workers supporting families

Early childhood practice change - Teachers building language-rich environments
Early childhood practice change

Teachers building language-rich environments

Systems change   - Decision makers in the early years focusing  more on early language
Systems change

Decision makers in the early years focusing more on early language

So that

More babies have access to language-rich environments in the first 1000 days

More babies have access to language-rich environments in the first 1000 days
 

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