My Baby and Me

The National Literacy Trust in England has lots of information for parents in 17 languages

Here are some samples:

The National Literacy Trust have useful tips:

Key messages to mums and dads

Getting children talking, using lots of new words and looking at books together helps them do well in life:

  • Turn off any distractions like music or screens
  • Sit face to face as much as possible so baby can see you
  • Take turns pretend to listen as your baby ‘talks’ back with facial expressions.
  • Observe these baby facial expressions and respond ‘O I see you’ ‘Yes, I know you want a story’
  • Imitate baby and draw out any sounds made into ‘real’ words mm can become more, aaa can become apple.
  • Change your own tone of voice (questioning, wondering, surprised)

National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (Ireland) have three Tips Sheets for parents on Play for Babies, Toddlers and Young Children. These are available in many languages at this link.

US based zero to three show research on children’s language learning and development.

Some fast facts from the research include:

  • Children’s academic successes at ages 9 and 10 can be attributed to the amount of talk they hear from birth through age 3.5.
  • Gaps widen, rather than diminish, over the early elementary (primary) years.
  • By age 3, trends in the amount of talk, vocabulary growth, and style of interaction are well established and suggest widening gaps.
  • At 16–18 months, when children begin amassing vocabulary, word learning is significantly affected by economic background.