Talk To Your Baby 2019: From the national agenda to the front line

TTYB 2018

We are delighted to bring Talk To Your Baby 2019 to Manchester.

This year’s conference will explore and celebrate the arrival of early years as a national priority, looking at the critical window of opportunity from conception to age two for language acquisition. To see how these crucial changes influence and are influenced by activity on the ground, speakers will present on local activity and the latest research as well as key policy issues.

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We're really excited about this year's programme, boasting a range of speakers from the public sector, academic institutions and frontline projects.

  • Keynote: Lucy Powell, MP, Manchester Central

  • Susie Owen, Deputy Director for Early Years, Department for Education
  • 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
  • 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

  • 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
  • Tracey Jevons-Hazzard, Children's Outcomes Manager, Small Steps Big Changes - Nottingham’s 10 year “A Better Start” Big Lottery Funded Programme to improve the outcomes of 0-3 years olds
  • Shabira Papain, Best Beginnings - new app guiding parents through pregnancy and the first 6 months of their baby's life.


£205 per person, including lunch and refreshments

Price for National Literacy Trust premium members is £175 - email to access your discount code.

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