When you chat to your child, you’re helping them improve their communication skills in lots of different ways. By listening to you and copying the sounds you’re making, they’re able to improve the way they talk. And hearing you say new words widens their vocabulary. It also allows them to practise having a conversation – including being able to understand what another person is trying to say and learning to respond in a suitable way.
Here are some tips for making the most out of your time chatting together. There’s no need to set aside special time to chat, you can do it while you’re going about your daily routine – when you’re on the bus, walking to nursery, getting dressed – whenever!