Talk To Your Baby 2018

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Prioritising early language development: how and why?

Is the critical importance of early language finally being recognised by politicians and policy-makers?  At this year’s conference we look 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 look at how different regions are tackling the language development gap and hear about the latest research in language acquisition. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Each year, delegates from across the early years, healthcare, education, cultural and third sectors come together to hear practitioners and academics share their expertise in improving language and literacy outcomes of children age 0-5.

Speakers confirmed so far are:

  • Padraic Monaghan will provide the keynote speech.  Padraic is Professor of Cognition in the department of Psychology at Lancaster University and will be talking about the effect of quantity and diversity of early language on vocabulary development, and on later effects on literacy acquisition.

  • Jane Young and David McDonald, speech and language therapists from Nottingham Language for Life

  • Pauline Lee, consultant clinical psychologist and clinical lead for Tameside and Glossop Early Attachment Service

  • Alice Skelton from The Sussex Baby Lab

  • Jean Gross CBE was senior director within the government’s national strategy and has also been England’s Communications Champion for Children

  • Michelle Morris, consultant speech and language therapist at Salford Royal Foundation Trust


Book your place at our special early bird rate of £195. 

Contact conferences@literacytrust.org.uk or call 020 7820 6258 if you have any questions.

Book your places here