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Sandwell Keeps Talking 12-24 months

From 12 months onwards, children start to explore and try out new things.

They begin to move around the room independently and enjoy playing with toys by themselves for a short time.

You can help your child to develop language by reading books and pointing to familiar objects in the story. Let your child take the lead when you play with them. Talk to them about what they are doing for example " are you giving Teddy a drink?" or "are you watering the flowers?"

Singing songs and rhymes, talking about what is going on around them, what they can see and hear, repeating words and short phrases will encourage your child to develop speech and language skills and become more confident.

12-23 months Advice and Support

Sandwell Health Visitor Service    0121 612 5021 


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

I CAN  12-23 months

This is a guide to how children develop speech and language between 12-23 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 or local library 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.

12-23 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

Sandwell Health Visitor Service    0121 612 5021 

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 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 Family Information chat session  and talk to the team


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

Hungry Little Minds

Tiny Happy People