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Children's language development: Language For Life

Supporting children learning to talk

The Language for Life strategy recognises the importance of developing a child’s early language and communication skills.

The strategy supports children’s language development from birth to five years old by:

  • providing training, developed by the Speech and Language Therapy Service, for early years practitioners
  • offering booklets to new parents: ‘Small Talk’ describes how you can support your child’s language skills

Download 'Small Talk' guide to learning to talk (size 2​68kb)

The aim of Language for Life

The Language for Life strategy has four main objectives:

  • for agencies to share an understanding of speech, language and communication development
  • to create a children’s workforce that is skilled and confident in supporting the speech, language and communication development and needs of children
  • to identify needs early on and provide specialist intervention when required  
  • to create a co-ordinated approach in supporting parents to promote their child’s speech, language and communication development from birth

Who is involved

Language for Life is a partnership between parents, States of Jersey departments and the private and third sectors.

Participating agencies include:

  • Health and Social Services
  • Education, Sport and Culture
  • Family Nursing and Home Care
  • the Early Years and Childcare Partnership
  • the Jersey Child Care Trust
  • the Bridge
  • NSPCC Pathways
  • private and public sector childcare and early years education settings
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