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Communication and Language

How parents can help with communication

In the first five years of your child's life they will learn more about speaking and words than at any other time. Your child needs good speaking and listening skills to learn so it is really important that you help in the development of their language.

From the moment they are born be sure to make eye contact and smile. Talk to your child at every chance you get. It's important to talk about what you and they are doing whether you are at home or out and about.

Why is it important to share songs, rhymes and stories with my child?

Children learn best when they are playing and these activities are good for developing listening and attention skills. When you share a book your child can copy words, name pictures and describe what is happening, which provides them with valuable opportunities to hear repeated language.


*For more tips and advice on how to help your child please visit the 'Talk with me' pages on the Surrey Family Information Service website: