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Sandwell Keeps Talking 2-3 years

Your child will do a lot of their development at this age.

They become busy little people, running, walking up stairs, using their imagination when playing and will follow simple instructions like "bath time".

This is also one of the most important ages for emotional development. There a lots of things you can do to encourage and support your child at this stage. Introduce words that express feelings like "happy" "excited". 

Your toddler will start to join 2 or 3 words together, so take turns to use words with them, "your turn" "my turn". Use puppets and pictures to help children listen to stories. Don't be afraid to tell a story more than once. Repetition helps children to understand and remember words.

Use books, songs and rhymes to expand their language skills and create a special time to read, talk and listen to your child. 

2-3 years Advice and Information

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 2-3 years

This is a guide to how children develop speech and language between 2-3 years.  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.

Progress Checker

Short questions you can answer to see how your baby or child is getting on with their speech, language and communication development.


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.

Free childcare for 2, 3 and 4 year olds

Your child may be entitled to a free childcare place at a day nursery, pre-school playgroup or childminder. There are positive benefits for your child at this age to play, learn, explore and socialise.

Benefits of Childcare and Child Development

Apply for a 2 year old childcare place

School Readiness

Little Chick Starts School is a story all about what to expect when a child starts Reception. It’s designed to be read by parent and child together. Inside, there are also lots of tips about how parents can support their child emotionally and practically as they begin this exciting new chapter.

Activities for Under 5's

Black Country Early Outcomes aims to help parents support their child's communication skills. They have developed books, resources and simple activities for parents to use.

2-3 years 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 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