Having open conversations with children is the best way to help them develop their speech, language and communication skills. It’s also great fun, as our special films show!

TALK Derby invited adults to spend time at a local school. Dean Jackson, Managing Director of Derby company Huub, visited Wyndham Primary Academy in Alvaston.

Evonne Williams, Derby City Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, went to Harrington Nursery School in Pear Tree.

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Useful websites and resources for all - Derby City's Local Offer - a hub of information and advice for children and young people from 0 to 25 with special educational needs and disabilities and their families. - AFASIC - voice for life. Afasic seeks to raise awareness and to create better services and provision for children and young people with speech and language impairments. - I CAN - helps children communicate. They are experts in helping children develop the speech, language and communication skills they need to thrive in a 21st century world - The Communication Trust - every child understood.  A coalition of over 50 not-for-profit organisations. Working together they support everyone who works with children and young people in England to support their speech, language and communication. - Hungry Little Minds - simple, fun activities for kids, from newborn to five - Talking Point - the first stop for information on children’s communication - National Literacy Trust - an independent charity working with schools and communities to give disadvantaged children the literacy skills to succeed in life - Words for Life - Words for Life is the National Literacy Trust’s website for parents - four films to help parents (with children up to the age of three) encourage their children's communication development

Steps for brain building: serve and return

Top ten tips for talking

Look, say, sing, play - fun and easy tips to help you bring even more Look, say, sing and play into your daily routine with your baby

Playdough and animal activities - from

Car, Car, Truck, Jeep book activities - from

Derby Speech and Language Therapy Service Advice Sheets

Ideas for 0-6 month-old babies from Hungry Little Minds

Chat, Play and Read - A follow-along video from Ladybird Books

Early speech, language and communication development from page 11 - Improving the home learning environment from The National Literacy Trust and HM Government

Resources for early years and primary practitioners

Information from the Communication Trust on talking to parents about their child's speech, language and communication.

Ages and stages of speech and language development poster

What's typical talk at Primary? poster

Time to Talk - Implementing Outstanding Practice in Speech, Language and Communication - written by Jean Gross

The Early Years Commitment from The Communication Trust helps settings to address every aspect of early years communication development

The Communication Trust’s ‘one stop’ guide to commissioning speech and language therapy services in your school

The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists’ overview of their role in educational environments

Coram Parent Champions - leaflet, more information or watch a video about the scheme

Bercow: Ten years on recommendations

Oracy benchmarks from Voice 21

Bercow: Ten years on - Key features of effective practice in schools

The Referral Decision Making Process from The Communication Trust

Resources from Sound Communities and related news - highlights some of the commonalities between music and speech, language and communication. Provides early years professionals with tools, approaches and methods to support all children, including those with speech, language and communication needs.

Resources for secondary schools and colleges

Bercow: Ten years on - Key features of effective practice in schools

The Referral Decision Making Process from The Communication Trust

Oracy benchmarks from Voice 21

The importance of communication skills for outcomes

The importance of communication skills for outcomes from SecEd

What to expect at different ages

What's typical talk at Secondary? poster

Speech, language and communication progression tools

Universally speaking, the ages and stages of communication development from 11 to 18 years

Supporting teachers to enable positive speech, language and communication skills

Checklist for secondary schools

Getting SLCN support right in your school

Top tips for developing talk

Cracking the code! For secondary schools

Communication friendly environments - checklist

Making your setting great for communication

Intervention programmes available for secondary schools to buy

Secondary Language Link - an intervention programme from Speech Link

Enhancing Language and Communication in Secondary Schools - an intervention programme

Talk about Talk Secondary - an intervention programme from I CAN

What works? For education settings

Evidenced programmes available for secondary schools

Products and services available from The Communication Trust

Other websites and resources for parents - simple, fun activities for kids, from newborn to five

Big Little Moments - building young brains with the Big Little Moments

Tiny Happy People

Top talking tips for parents

Chat as you go - your baby loves the sound of your voice

Reading aloud and sharing books is good for talking

Tips for reading with your six-month old baby

Download a poster for parents charting a child’s progress from birth to five.

Sign up for useful tips from the NSPCC.

Any Time is Chatting Time - two videos from Belfast's Sure Start team

Changing Time is Chatting Time - two videos from Belfast's Sure Start team

Watch films from the BBC and The Communication Trust.

5 free guides to help you improve your child's language & literacy skills from The Institute of Wellbeing