Early Years Communication Week
Make Every Conversation Count
Communication Week aims to raise the awareness of the importance of supporting early interactions from the moment children are born.
Did you know?
Recent studies show that a fifth of parents-to-be surveyed believed communication with babies was only beneficial from the age of three months, whilst one in twenty believed communicating with their child was only necessary once they had reached six months or older. We know that speech, communication and language are key skills to children’s learning and development. Unfortunately, we also know that many children struggle to develop the skills they are capable of and the negative consequences can have life-long impact. Communication Week aims to raise the awareness of the importance of supporting early interactions from the moment children are born.
The recent Ofsted research into the effects of the COVID pandemic, highlighted the importance of parents when it comes to early childhood development. Inspectors found children’s experiences were not necessarily determined by privilege or deprivation. Rather, parents who were able to spend more time talking to and reading with their children had had a positive impact on children’s communication and language skills and these children had benefited from quality time spent with families and carers over the lockdown period.