We have produced a series of bilingual quick tips for parents
and practitioners to help children develop good talking and listening skills.
There are lots of different languages.
The following tips are available in English and Somali. Copies can be downloaded and photocopied free of charge to share with families.
Say hello to your new baby
Talking to your baby from day one will help the two of you get to know each other, and gives your child a great start in life. These quick tips will help you enjoy "conversations" with your baby right from the start
Dummies and talking
Babies and young children like to suck, so dummies can help soothe at bedtime or when your baby is tired or cross. But regular and extended use of a dummy can create problems with your child's speech. For more information download a copy of our quick tips
Talk to your baby and child in your own language
The best way to help your child learn to talk is to talk to him as much as possible in your own language - it doesn't have to be English.
Making the most of television
Like adults, young children sometimes feel tired or stressed and want to relax by watching television. Used in the right way, television can be beneficial. But too much can be harmful, so use our quick tips to help find the right balance.
Talking with your baby
Learning to talk is one of the most important and complex skills your child will accomplish. Talking helps your baby’s brain develop and is the foundation of literacy. It seems to happen naturally, but in fact you have a very important role to play.
Sharing songs and rhymes
Babies and young children love songs and rhymes, especially hearing the sound of your voice. And they're a great way to help your child's talking and listening skills. Take a look at the quick tips below
Sharing books with your baby
Sharing books is a wonderful way to help your child learn to talk and hear new words, and it's the ideal opportunity to share a cuddle at the same time.
Playing with your baby
Play is the main way that babies and toddlers learn about the world. With your help, it's also a wonderful way to support their language development. Find out how by downloading our quick tips.