Play, Chat and Learn at home

The more we play, chat and learn with our children, the more we help build their brains.

Any time, anywhere, whether at home or out and about, it all adds up.

There’s no need to buy lots of toys or have big days out. Wherever you are, simply chatting back and forth, answering your child’s questions and sharing special moments together all help their brain to grow and develop secure and strong connections. Just what they need to get off to the right start at school.

This film explains how children’s brains develop during the early years, and the crucial role parents play through all the little moments they spend together with their child.

The Start for Life website is packed with simple ideas from other parents on how
to build these little moments into each day. It includes lots of examples of tips and
activities for you to do together with your child at different ages,

Useful links

  • Tiny Happy People is a BBC service for the parents and carers of the youngest learners. The one minute, one message films offer tips and activities for language learning through play, plus films that show babies’ brains development and why parents are so important to that development. 
  • Book Trust: Reading tips, activities, story-time videos, book recommendations and more
  • National Literacy Trust: Milestones, tips, resources and advice for parents to support their child’s literacy development
  • Institute of Wellbeing: Advice to support literacy development and wellbeing kits to help parents take care of their family and their mind
  • Speech and Language UK: Support for parents who are worried about their child’s language development
  • Early Years Alliance: Practical tips for parents to support their child to learn through play