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As a parent, you are your child's first teacher. It's so important to fill their world with words, and chat, play and read with them - whenever and wherever.

We have lots of useful tips, guidance and free activities for parents, to help you support your child's literacy development as they grow.

Things to do

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    Words for Life songs and rhymes

    A list of songs and rhymes that your little one will love hearing again and again and joining in with the actions.
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    Small Talk shopping trip hunt

    A trip to the supermarket can help your child learn new words and objects. Play this game with your child while you’re out shopping together.
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    Book lists

    Discover new and exciting books for your baby and young child with these eight book lists.
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Things to download

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    Literacy and wellbeing top tips

    Download our tips for parents on using reading and writing to improve children's wellbeing.
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    Spot the Dog interactive leaflet

    Brings story time to life with plenty of tips for making reading fun.
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    Story dice

    Make a story dice to chat with your little one about the book you're reading together
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