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Home learning for communication language and literacy

A child’s language development begins long before they start school and is shaped by the people and places in their lives, in their home learning environment.

The National Literacy Trust website has a video about introducing current initiatives and valuing parents as their child's first educator.


Tiny Happy People

Tiny Happy People is a free to use online resource for parents, practitioners and community groups. The content is quality assured by speech and language therapists, midwives and health visitors. The main purpose of the plan is to encourage parents to talk to their children from a very early age.

Better Health Start for Life

This Department for Education campaign encourages parents and carers to adopt positive activities and behaviours to boost children's communication, language and literacy development.

Words for Life

Rhythms and repetitive language make it easier for babies to learn language skills. Words for Life has songs and nursery rhymes to support children's learning and development.

The Communication Trust

The Communication Trust have developed resources to encourage listening, understanding, interaction and play, for children aged 0 to 5 and 5 to 11 called Listen Up.

NHS speech and language therapy resources

The NHS website provides a wide range of information, activities, tips and strategies in promoting children’s speech, language and communication.

BCP libraries

Our libraries have activities for all ages including wriggle and rhyme, storytime, crafts and much more. The BCP libraries Facebook page has up to date information about what's on and when.

Family Zone

Family Zone is full of free activities and ideas to keep children busy at home, whilst also benefiting their reading, writing and language development.

NHS Start 4 Life - learning to talk

NHS Start 4 Life has advice for parents, providing developmental information and tips on how to help your baby to talk. The website covers children from birth to 5 years including help and advice for when families speak more than one language.

National Literacy Trust

National Literacy Trust has useful resources to support families with bilingualism.

Video resources

The NHS has a range of videos which offer quick and easy activities and tips to promote children’s speech, language and communication that are perfect to share with parents, carers and practitioners.

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