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Chat, Play and Read

The Department for Education has announced it will launch a new campaign to support parents to incorporate ways to ‘chat, play and read’ with their children into their daily routines. The announcement follows new research which found that almost a third of children (31%) do not read books with someone at home each day. The campaign will highlight the concept that it is never too early to help develop children’s communication, language and literacy skills and will also provide practical advice on how to fit quality interactions into parent’s daily routines.

The DfE has released a new, free follow-along video starring journalist and co-founder of Mum&You, Natasha Kaplinsky and media psychologist Emma Kenny, as a useful tool which guides parents on how they can Chat, Play and Read with their child. The film shows that interacting with their children can be a fun and happy time for both parent and child.

NLT has launched a website, Small Talk, which is designed to help parents develop the skills and confidence they need to boost their child’s language skills at home. It features simple activity suggestions, advice and videos to help parents chat, play and read with their child whenever and wherever they are. So well worth sending out to parents of all primary age children.

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