SLC Guidance for Parents

It is important to remember that all children are different. In the early years, children vary in how and when they develop their understanding and talking.

Here are some ways you can support your child’s speech, language and communication at home

Help South Yorkshire Children Reach for the Stars


Spending time with my special people will help me reach for the stars

Hear ME and hear MY voice

Sharing every day activities, talking and playing is crucial for my brain development and will launch my language and all later learning


Tune into me and my interests

Time for you and me to talk together is special

My turn your turn interactions help my brain and language to grow

Talk to me in our home language to keep our family culture alive


Anywhere, anytime . . . please talk to me again and again

I love to hear new words, songs and favourite stories again and again to help me learn and feel confident

Adding words to my language will help it grow

Encourage all my attempts at communication


React and respond to all my communication

Read my cues to give you clues

Watch out for my facial expressions and actions as I want to show you how I am feeling

I might point to show you the things I need you to name for me. This will help build my brain and help my language grow.


Slow the pace and use your face

As soon as I am born, I will love hearing a sing song voice

Speaking a little slower with a variety of facial expressions will help me understand words and feelings

Face time away from a screen gives us time for you and me

If you have concerns about your child’s understanding and / or talking:

  • Talk to your health visitor or your local family hub about your concerns. They will be able to give you advice and talk to you about whether further support is needed.
  • If your child accesses a nursery or childminder – talk to your child’s keyworker – they are experienced professionals and can work with you to support your child’s development.
  • Have a look at the developmental stages and our getting started page.
  • You can also look at the activities page, for links to local groups that support speech, language and communication.