Here are a variety of free and fun resources to aid language development in early years children.
www.talkingpoint.org.uk | Talking Point
Talking Point gives parents/carers and practitioners the information they need to help children develop their speech, language and communication skills. If you are concerned about a child's speech, language and communication, you can use the Progress Checker as this allows you to review a child's progress in talking, listening and understanding. There is a database of resources and FAQ factsheets for both parents/carers and practitioners.
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We have created a list of fun and affordable activities and groups suitable for 0 to 5's with a focus on music, the outdoors, language development and storytelling. Follow the link below to see what you can do in Cornwall.
- Hungry Little Minds - Ideas and Activities for 0 to 6 Months
Simple ideas and activities to try with your child: In your routine Let your baby splash at bath time. Talk about what’s happening and how it feels. Say the same words and do the same actions over and over – things like pouring water on…
- Hungry Little Minds - Ideas and Activities for 6 - 12 Months
Simple ideas and activities to try with your child: In your routine Try doing actions that go with what you’re saying – like waving when you say ‘Hello.’ You can do this every morning when your child wakes up. On the go When you…
- Hungry Little Minds - Ideas and Activities for 12 to 24 Months
In your routine At mealtimes, say the names of the foods your child is eating and say what they’re like, using words like ‘crunchy’, ‘squishy’, ‘sour’, ‘cold’, ‘warm’. Give your child choices, so that they can hear and understand more words. For example, ‘Do you…
Hungry Little Minds - Ideas and Activities for 2 to 3 Year Olds
Simple ideas and activities to try with your child: In your routine Do daily tasks with your child. Talk about what you are doing and why you are doing it. When hanging up the washing, you could say ‘The clothes are wet, let’s hang them…
- Hungry Little Minds - Ideas and Activities for 3 to 5 Year Olds
Simple ideas and activities to try with your child: In your routine Try sharing familiar books at bedtime. Pause when reading so that your child can join in. Talk about the sounds at the beginning of words and words that start with the same sound…
Read more about Hungry Little Minds on the campaign website: https://hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk/
Right from birth, every time you talk, sing or play with your baby, you're not just bonding, you're building their brain.
Look at what your baby’s focusing on and how they react
Brain-building all starts with taking a cue from your little one. Look to see what they find interesting or funny, copy and react to what they do. You could think of it like a game of tennis – going back and forth between the two of you.
Say what you’re doing and copy the sounds your baby makes
Talking to your baby, or copying when they babble, is an easy way to build their brain throughout the day. Even talking about simple actions as you do them is a great place to start. Try adding silly voices and use expressions to bring your words to life.
Sing along to your favourite tunes or make up your own
You don’t need to be a karaoke champion to pull this one off. Try using familiar tunes and changing the words to describe things you’re doing. It might take some getting used to, but give it a go and find your groove.
Play simple games and see what your child enjoys
You don’t even need toys for this brain-building skill. Try playing peekaboo, mess about with bubble bath, or even turn sorting laundry into a game! Over time, you can add playful moments throughout the day.
How does brain-building work?
During your child's earliest years, their brain makes 1 million neural connections every single second. Positive, supportive experiences with parents and other adults are important to their brain development.
But it’s not about just singing or talking at your baby. Brain-building happens when you and your little one are interacting with each other. It’s about taking a cue from them, and reacting to what they’re doing. You could think of it like a game of tennis – going back and forth between the two of you.
We've included some brain-building tips (and the science behind them) below.
Try this… #LOOK
Try this… #SAY
Try this… #SING
Try this… #PLAY
"Across the UK, 20% of children are starting school with a language delay, rising to 40% in areas of high social deprivation in England and over 50% in Scotland."
Launching in early 2020, Tiny Happy People is BBC Education's most ambitious and exciting initiative to date.
Over the coming years, we want to halve the language gap among children aged under 5 across the UK. At the heart of our plan is a simple behaviour change - getting parents to talk to their children from a very early age.
We’re taking a multi-platform approach, serving our messages and resources to young parents and carers through broadcast, social media and online platforms, and childcare and healthcare settings on the ground.
We’ve already been exploring the impact of this strategy. In a recent pilot, 96% of parents said they would use our resources again and 92% of healthcare professionals said they would recommend our resources to parents.
It's a huge task that we can't achieve alone, so we're inviting you to join us and those already working with us on our joint mission. Whoever you are – big, small, commercial, charitable, not-for-profit – we’d like you to get in touch so that we can continue the conversation and find out how we can do this together
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