Parents and Carers

Parents and Carers

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Resources for home learning

A guide for parents to promote early learning and development at home (for children aged 0 - 5 years) during the coronavirus pandemic. - ideas and guidance for simple activities that will engage your child/ren at home, while also benefiting their reading, writing and language development.

Word games for families to play at home, from Thinking Talking.

The Great Indoors from Scouts offers many ideas for children aged 6-18 years old.

A range of early years home learning resources from Nursery World.

Activities to develop speaking and listening skills, from ICAN.

Useful websites 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.

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.

Talking Point - the first stop for information on children’s communication.

Words for Life helps parents to develop their child's vital communication and literacy skills from birth to age eleven.

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.

Information for parents with bilingual children.

Resources on child language development for parents from LuCiD.

Useful websites for families with children aged 0-5 years old

Hungry Little Minds - simple, fun activities for kids, from newborn to five.

Tiny Happy People - supports families develop their child's communication skills through simple interaction and play.

Tips on how to build young brains with 'Big Little Moments'.

"Small Talk" - little ways to make a big difference

Speechlink Parent Portal - games and activities to use at home to encourage children's talking and listening.

Fun and easy tips to help you bring even more 'Look, Say, Sing and Play' into your daily routine with your baby.

Tips for talking with your baby.

What to expect at different ages

Stages of speech and language development (0-5 years old).

Typical stages of talk at primary (4-11 years old).

Typical talk at secondary school (11-18+ years old).

Resources and activities for all

General advice sheets from Derby Speech and Language Therapy Service.

Benefits of talking in your home language.

A resource guide for parents from The Communication Trust.

Ten top tips for talking.

Top tips for talking to your child from Speechlink Parent Portal.

A video explaining the use of Makaton signing and its role in supporting language development.

More top tips for developing talking.

Crack the code: how to know if your child needs support.

Useful resources/activities for families with children aged 0-5 years old

How to incorporate 'Chat, Play and Read' with your child/ren into your daily routine to help develop language and literacy.

Tips for reading with your child.

Fun activities to try with your child that help with their communication skills.

Top talking tips for parents.

Practical idea cards and leaflets for parents/carers.

Read about why reading aloud and sharing books is good for talking.

Films for parents with children up to the age of three to encourage children's communication development.

Video showing how to build young children's brains through serve and return interactions.

A poster charting a child's progress from birth to 5 years old.

Chat as you go with your baby!

Smile, talk, laugh and sing during nappy changing time with your baby!

Tips for reading with your six-month old baby.

Smile, talk, laugh and sing with your toddler anytime throughout the day!

5 free guides to help you improve your child's language and literacy skills.

Playdough and animal activities from

Activities for the book 'Car, Car, Truck, Jeep' from