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Pregnancy

Congratulations on your pregnancy. It is a very exciting time for you and your family.  Did you know that babies start to recognise their mother’s voice during pregnancy? Help your baby to communicate before they are born. There's lot's you can do. Don't forget to…

Birth

The first few years of a child's life are key to the development of speech, language and communication skills. Your baby will enjoy interacting with you from the moment they are born. You can help their development by facing your baby when you speak to…

6 to 12 months

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…

12 to 23 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…

3-4 years

Good communication is key to children's relationships and development. Your child is now becoming much more independent and will want to do more things by themselves, such as putting on their coat or getting in to the car. They will also want to talk and…

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…

Sandwell Keeps Talking

Sandwell Keeps Talking is Sandwell’s initiative to promote Early Language and Communication Skills. In Sandwell we are working with our Early Years experts to bring together support and resources in Early Language and Communication. Find the information you need either as a parent or as…

Education, Training and Work

Support and advice for parents and carers on all aspects of education and learning for you and your family.  Search for a local or national service by clicking View All Services

Supporting Communication and Language in Sandwell 0-5 Years of Age

Sandwell Keeps Talking is Sandwell’s initiative to promote Early Language and Communication Skills. There is lots you can do to help support the children you work with to develop their language and communication skills. Direct your parents to the Sandwell Keeps Talking Families page for advice and…

Education after 16

All children and young people have the right to full-time education up to the age of 16 and now must attend education, attend training or be employed from 16-18. Many young people with special educational needs and disabilities benefit enormously from these last few years,…