Talking about communication on World Book Day - Luton Council
It was appropriate that on World Book Day, a day to celebrate reading and sharing stories, that a successful meeting was held in the town to highlight the importance of speech and communication in 0-5-year olds.
The event was well attended by parents and children from the local community, voluntary organisations and professionals who came to hear about Talking Takes Off, a government funded programme based in Luton.
Those that came along were able to chat to the team about how vital good speech, language is in young children and to share their own skills, thoughts and ideas of what they could do to support this important area of child development in the community. This is the second successful community meeting that has been held.
Talking Takes Off has been funded for a year by the Department for Education to offer and deliver training, workshops, a new screening tool and activities to support early communication and language development to professionals, parents and families.
Cllr Mahmood Hussain, Portfolio Holder for children’s services, said: “Good speech, communication and language skills are important for all children so they get the best start in life and become active and confident learners, ready to start school. Involving parents and families is key to the success of the programme. The aim of Talking Takes Off has been to make sure that the importance of communication is a conversation that everyone is having.”