Talk To Your Baby 2021: Bringing it all back home

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Is the transformative impact of wellbeing in the early years being overlooked?

The wellbeing of young children and families has come into sharp focus in recent months following the impact of COVID-19 and global conversations around race and inequality sparked by the Black Lives Matter movement.

Our Talk To Your Baby 2021 conference will therefore explore how we can cultivate environments that better support young children’s wellbeing through language development, while also examining the role of cross-sector engagement in enhancing the lives of young families who are most in need of support.

The home learning environment has been a guiding theme of the last two conferences and 2021 will provide a summary of those conversations and an appraisal of the progress that has been made to date.

We are looking forward to welcoming a panel of academics, frontline practitioners and policy makers from across the UK to present on and discuss best practice, local activity and the latest policy and research on early years literacy, language, communication and wellbeing.

Speakers confirmed so far:

  • Keynote speaker - Laura Henry-Allain Laura is an award-winning early education expert, consultant, author and speaker. She is creator of the JoJo and Gran Gran characters, featured in the CBeebies series of the same name, vice-president of the British Association for Early Childhood Education and an education consultant for a variety of major organizations including the BBC. Laura will discuss the importance of diversity in children's books and how this can inform and promote conversations around culture and race.
  • Jamel Carly-Campbell, early years educator, consultant and children's author, will discuss the importance of representation in early years and of having a pedagogy, workforce and settings that reflect the wider world.

Attending the conference

Remote attendance

Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, we are aware that many people will not want to travel, and are therefore inviting people to attend remotely whilst maintaining the tradition of a physical conference whilst following guidance on social distancing. Remote places are available for £50.00. To book your remote place at the conference, please email conferences@literacytrust.org.uk.

Physical attendance

To attend the conference physically, please use the booking form below