TALK Derby

Training, support and inspiration - helping Derby's young
children to develop the speech, language and communication
skills they need for a happy and successful life.


Every child deserves to have the best opportunities in life.

For this to happen, children need to grow their ability to communicate in their earliest years. Speech and language are the building blocks for learning.

This is what TALK Derby is all about.

We provide free training and support to schools, childminders, children’s centres and other early years settings in eight of the least advantaged parts of Derby – Abbey, Alvaston, Arboretum, Boulton, Chaddesden, Derwent, Normanton and Sinfin.

140 people who work with local children are being recruited as “Champions” to drive the project forward.  If you're from one of the schools, early years settings or childminders working with us in the eight wards, you can sign up to be a Champion here.

All schools, childminders, children’s centres and early years settings in some of the least advantaged areas of the city: Abbey; Alvaston; Arboretum; Boulton; Chaddesden; Derwent; Normanton and Sinfin are eligible to get involved.

TALK Derby is also working across the entire city, encouraging everyone to spend more time talking and listening to the children in their lives.

If you work with children, you can find more information about TALK Derby that was shared at the first Network Meeting (Monday 20th May) here.

TALK Derby is funded by the Department for Education as part of the national Opportunity Area programme, to improve social mobility. We’re supported by Derby City Council, the Derby Opportunity Area and a wide range of other partners.

Our children’s futures are in our hands – let’s TALK Derby!

Make the TALK Derby pledge today.