The five ways: Talk & Listen

From day one, your baby is communicating with you, and by talking and listening with your child each day, you are helping them to build language skills.

Being able to communicate helps children understand others and express themselves. As they develop language and literacy skills, young children can voice their ideas, follow instructions, share emotions and build a sense of belonging.


When does language develop?

Babies are born primed to learn language. From before they are born, they are hearing the sounds of your language, as you speak. From an early age, babies start to pick up the specific sounds of your language, and will learn the give and take of conversation through interacting with you.

As they grow, their language skills will develop through talking and listening with you and other close family members and friends.  Early Years Ambassador Jay Laga’aia has a lot to say about talking and listening, watch the video to find out more.

Published — 03 July 2017 Last updated — 05 September 2017

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