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Leading health experts around the world agree the first 1001 days of a child’s development influence a child’s future more than any other time in their life.

From 6 to 12 months, your baby will be developing quickly, babbling, gesturing and recognising some words. They want to communicate with you, making noises and sounds and eventually using single words.

Start to develop their communication skills by playing peekaboo games, using your hands to hide your face, saying things like "Where are you?" and "I see you"

Use actions like waving when you say "hello" and sounds like "yummy" when feeding your baby.

Singing rhymes and taking turns with your child will help them to develop early speech and language skills.

6-12 months Advice and Information

Sandwell Health Visitor Service    0121 612 5021 

Health Visitor 9-12 months ASQ-3 check

Children's Centre Family Offer

Children's Centres provide support to families with children and young adults 0-19 years (up to 25 years if they have special education needs or disabilities).

They offer family support, early learning , information and advice on health, parenting, money and benefits, education and school readiness. 

There are lots of free services and activities at your local children's centre

ICAN 6-12 months

This is a guide to how children develop speech and language between 6-12 months. Children develop language at different rates. However, understanding what is typical can help you identify speech and language problems early.  You can also find out how to help your child learn to talk and develop their communication skill. There are lots of things you can do to encourage your child to talk and develop language skills.


Every child in England is entitled to a free Bookstart pack before they are 12 months old and again aged 3-4 years. Bookstart also gifts additional needs packs for babies and toddlers, as well as black-and-white booklets for newborns and dual language books.

Contact your Health Visitor to find out more about your free Bookstart pack

Join your local library

Libraries are welcoming places for children and families to start exploring books and reading. There are lots of activities and events at your local library and helpful, friendly staff to advise you on what to read to your child. Libraries are free to join and have books in different languages and formats. Your child is never too young to visit the library.

6-12 months Courses

Changes - the early years

free online and face to face courses in Sandwell for parents of children aged 0-4 years

Parenting classes in Sandwell

free classes at your local Children's Centre

Help and Support

Help and advice

Your health visitor will be able to offer advice and support about your child's development. Always contact your health visitor about any worries or concerns you have about your child's health and development.

Sandwell Health Visitor Service    0121 612 5021 


Sandwell Family Information Service

Sandwell Family Information Service can help you with free, impartial information, advice and guidance on family support and childcare.

Why not book on to a Childcare Support session  and chat to the team


Check out these websites for more tips and information on talking to your baby

Hungry Little Minds

Tiny Happy People