Early Years

Communication Week (1)

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.

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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.

We are asking all Buckinghamshire early years practitioners to join us in celebrating the value of communication for our youngest children; sharing ideas and resources on how we can create an environment for conversation. The Buckinghamshire Council’s Early Years Service will be promoting top tips for talking, activity ideas to carry out in your setting, learning at home cards and free bite-sized E-Learning. We are working to ensure all children in Buckinghamshire have the best start to life – so let’s get talking.

Families, early years practitioners and family hubs will be celebrating the value of communication for our youngest children; sharing ideas and resources on how we can create an environment for conversation. For more information, please visit our Communication and Language pages  and Literacy pages 

Bookstart is the world’s first national book-gifting programme run by the BookTrust and gives free books for every child in England and Wales from 0-5 years. The main aim of the programme is to encourage a love of books, stories and rhymes in children from as young an age as possible. Please visit our Bookstart page

We have created two sets of resource cards for you to use to not only support your parents with learning at home but, also for you to use in your setting. Newsletter

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