A new campaign encouraging parents, carers and guardians to take time to talk, listen and play to help their child’s language development and communication skills has been launched by the Welsh Government.
The ‘Time to Talk’ campaign is part of a wider Welsh Government approach to oracy which includes £700,000 of extra funding and support to schools in 2018-19 through regional consortia to help improve the language skills of learners. Funding of 700,000 is already in place for 2017-18.
The campaign will provide practical tips and online tools to help children aged 3 to 7 improve their language skills and prepare for school.
Research shows that children who receive this attention have a greater capacity for language, and later literacy, boosting their communication skills and chances of success in later life.
Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams, launched the ‘Time to Talk’ campaign at Llangattock Church in Wales School, Crickhowell, where the reception class took part in an workshop to mark National Storytelling Week.
Kirsty Williams said: We are prioritising children’s speech, language and communication skills because they are the building blocks for success, not only in school but later on in life as well.
“Oracy is essential for developing life skills and we are keen to support parents, carers and guardians as they pass these valuable skills on to their children.
“We know there are many different pressures when you’re raising children, sometimes just finding the time can be a challenge, but the message of this campaign is that every effort you make at this early stage will help and the benefits will last a lifetime.
“It’s important that we make this as fun and as rewarding a process as possible so the new campaign provides some helpful hints, tips and practical advice for parents, carers and guardians to support the development of their child’s bilingual speaking, listening and discussion skills.”