Talk To Your Baby 2020: Chat, play, read


We are thrilled to announce Talk To Your Baby 2020 will be taking place on 27 January at Millennium Point in Birmingham.

This year’s theme is 'chat, play, read', building on the current policy focus for the home learning environment. In addition to presenting Small Talk, our home learning improvement programme, the conference will also include latest research, policy and practice with speakers from across the sector, and delegates ranging from local authority front-line staff to programme delivery partners.


  • Keynote speaker - Jan Dubiel Jan is an internationally renowned specialist in early childhood education, and was identified by the Times Educational Supplement last year as one of the 10 most influential people in British education. Jan will be talking about the importance of early language as the vehicle for cognition and its role in wider development, and will be providing practical examples explaining how this translates into all aspects of effective early childhood education practice.
  • Judith Parke, the National Literacy Trust's head of Home Learning Environment, will be introducing Small Talk and highlighting the importance of the chat, play, read theme
  • Michelle Peter from the University of Liverpool will be speaking about her work with LuCiD, which focuses on children's early language processing speed and vocabulary growth
  • Jeanne Shinskey and Jessie Ricketts, from the Royal Holloway University of London Baby Lab, will be exploring the impact of lift-the-flap books on early language acquisition, and discussing a new Nuffield-funded project on educational picture books for one-year-olds
  • Dave Neale from the Centre for Research on Play in Education, Development and Learning (PEDAL) will be looking at evidence that play is a significant driver of learning and development, and how can we harness its benefits
  • Deborah Powers, Speech and Language Therapist at Time to Talk Warwickshire will be discussing their new toolkit for practitioners and families to support young children’s everyday learning at home, and how they are tailoring national resources to meet local needs
  • Alison David, Consumer Insight Director at Egmont Publishing will talk about parents’ perceptions and attitudes towards reading with their little ones. She will share insights from sales data for books for 0-2-year-olds and discuss challenges and solutions to getting reading to infants on the family agenda.

Download the full programme here.

Highlights from 2019

Read about the learning from some of most popular talks of 2019 here and access handy, downloadable digests!


A place at Talk To Your Baby costs £205. Book your place using the form below, or email for more information.

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