Talk To Your Baby

Talk To Your Baby 2019

When and where?

Our early years conference - Talk To Your Baby 2019 - will take place on 21 January 2019 in Manchester.

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Tickets are £205 per person including lunch and refreshments.Premium National Literacy Trust members can get a reduced rate of £175 - please email to access your discount code.


We will be confirming more speakers and other information over the next month. Find out more as details are confirmed by completing an expression of interest form.

  • Cerys Griffiths, BBC - BBC's early years strategy
  • Professor Ludovica Serratrice, University of Reading and LuCiD Centre and Sharon Freeman, University of Manchester and LuCiD Centre - Language of babies in bilingual families
  • Nick Skinner and Jenny Tosh, London Borough of Enfield - Singing to your baby
  • National Literacy Trust Manchester team - Activity in early years settings in Greater Manchester
  • Professor Elizabeth Meins, University of York- 'Mind-mindedness' and child development
  • Professor Anna Theakston, University of Manchester and LuCiD Centre - Latest research on the effect of babies' environment on later language learning

We look forward to seeing you in January!

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Last year

In 2018 we looked at why early language is being prioritised across the UK and what it means for those of us working across early years and public health.

We looked at how different regions are tackling the language development gap and hear about the very latest research, and evidence-based practice being utilised, in language acquisition.

If adults talk with children effectively—taking the lead from the child, elaborating on what they say, asking questions, sharing rhymes or songs or books— then children are given the best start in developing the cognitive tools they need to succeed at school.

Early Intervention Foundation, The Best Start at Home, 2015

Previous delegates

2018 delegates can now access the presentations from last year's conference. If you are having trouble accessing the page, please email

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