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Baby Week Bradford: 14-20 November 2022

Bradford Babies TALKING: It's more than just words...

You might think babies can’t talk, but in fact they’re born communicating. Every time they cry, kick their legs, make a face, babble or giggle, they’re saying something…long before they use their first words.

By interacting with them – even before birth – we can all build these early communication skills to help their brains develop, help them feel safe and connected, and help them grow up happy and healthy. This supports their speech, language and communication throughout their lives.

That’s what Baby Week Bradford 2022 was all about, and it all took place from 14-20 November, when:

  • Over 700 of you attended 20 events focusing on speech, language and communication in the early years
  • Baroness Floella Benjamin OBE DL joined us as guest speaker at our fully booked conference, Bradford Babies TALKING: Speech, Language and Communication in the Early Years
  • We gained regional and national recognition with the assistance of BBC Tiny Happy People and this feature on BBC Look North
  • Bradford’s new speech and language pathway was launched with a dedicated workshop
  • We posted out 120 ‘Babble Bundles’ to early years settings across the Bradford district, with our Top Talking Tips booklet and wallchart, plus lots of other goodies

Look back at more highlights in this video…


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Download the Top Talking Tips booklet and wallchart

Even before a baby is born they have started their communication and language development journey. This booklet takes you from pregnancy right through to school-readiness, highlighting the importance of listening, turn-taking, play, the benefits of home languages, and more.

We developed this booklet and wallchart to bring the Baby Week Bradford 2022 speech and language theme to life in a simple way, with prompts and activity ideas at its heart. It's aimed primarily at early years settings and anyone working or volunteering with young children, but is equally useful for families.

Download your copy here

Article: Bradford Babies TALKING

Gill Holden, Early Childhood Programme Lead at the National Children’s Bureau, reflects on five key messages presented at our Baby Week Bradford 2023 conference 'Bradford Babies TALKING: Speech, Language and Communication in the Early Years' on Thursday 17 November 2022

Read the article here

Presentation slides from Bradford Babies TALKING: Speech, Language and Communication in the Early Years

Anulika Ifezue - Brazelton Centre

Putting the baby's voice at the centre of care and relationships

Jeszemma Howl - Fatherhood Institute

Father Time: dads communicating, and communicating with dads

Jo Claessens - BBC Tiny Happy People

BBC Tiny Happy People - an introduction

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