Talk To Your Baby

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Talk To Your Baby 2020

This year's conference will take place on 27 January at Millennium Point in Birmingham. Our theme, in line with the current policy focus on the home learning environment, is 'chat, play, read'. Like every year we look forward to welcoming a range of speakers from research, policy and front line practice.

Early bird tickets are available until 30 September 2020 - find out more and book your place now.

We thoroughly enjoyed Talk To Your Baby 2019 and hope you did too. Thank you to everyone who helped make it such a success.

2019 speakers

Download highlights from our 2019 conference.

Thank you to our amazing speakers:

  • Lucy Powell, MP for Manchester Central - Keynote
  • Susie Owen, Deputy Director for Early Years, DfE, - Policies around improving the home learning environment
  • 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, London Borough of Enfield - Singing to your baby
  • Jess Eddlestone and Jenny Smillie, 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
  • Tracey Jevvons-Hazard, Children's Outcomes Manager, Nottingham Better Start - The evidence base for Nottingham's Small Steps, Big Changes project

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 conferences@literacytrust.org.uk.

Find out about next year's conference