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Brighter Futures: Help your children thrive

Published: 27 July 2021

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Five tips that will help your child's speech and language development

National research has shown that some young children's speech and language development has been negatively impacted by the reduction of social interaction caused by COVID-19 restrictions.

Children that can express themselves by the time they start school or preschool will be more likely to meet their educational and developmental milestones. The positive 'Brighter Futures' campaign hopes to support parents and carers by arming them with a toolkit of fun activities they can do to help develop their children's speech and language. These include:

  • Singing
  • Exploring outside
  • Have a conversation
  • Ask questions
  • Read a book

The campaign features a short video which can be found below, filmed at Dorking Nursery School, in which Speech and Language therapist Jack Davies describes "five simple tips that will really help your child's speech and language development".

Donna Harwood-Duffy Executive Headteacher, Chertsey & Dorking Nursery Schools and Mole Valley Family Centre said: "I'm really proud to support the Brighter Futures campaign and so happy that our Dorking Nursery School and children were able to be involved. I hope parents across Surrey enjoy watching the video and continue to help their child's development at home by doing these five easy free and simple things each day."

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Summer events in Surrey

Parents are also reminded that story and rhyme times sessions have recently returned to some Surrey Libraries, with full roll out to all libraries expected later in the summer. For more news and events, visit the Surrey Libraries news and events web page.

To encourage outside exploring, children will soon be able to pick up a free Surrey Nature Explorer Passport from their Library, the passports include fun activities that encourage children to explore the countryside for prizes. To find out more, visit the Surrey Nature Explorer Surrey Matters article.

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