Illuminating language through the early years

Annual Conference

Hello ‘time to talk’ Champions and Managers,

We are very excited to announce that it is now possible to book your place at the ‘time to talk’ conference on Wednesday 10th February 2016. It will be at Bulkington Village and Community Centre and we have a fantastic programme lined up for you.

To book your places, you will need to e-mail: with the usual booking form and the all-important course booking code which is: EY15-4011/01
Places cost £60 each and the day includes lunch. There is an early bird offer where you can book two places for £100. This offer will be available until 18th December 2015 so please do get your places booked.

Don’t miss out! Come along and share the day.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Melanie, Deborah, Louise and Charlie
Speech and Language Therapists
‘time to talk’


October updates

There is still time to come to a cluster meeting but you’ll need to act quickly as the last two dates are Wednesday 4th November (pm) in Alcester and Thursday 5th November (am) in Atherstone.

Booking details are here in the ‘time to talk’ section.

Here’s our latest newsletter complete with details for data for 2015-16:

‘time to talk’ Newsletter September 2015

The updated data collection form and instructions (separate instructions for Children’s Centres and Nurseries) will be available here. If you need a reminder of the password, please e-mail one of us here.

That’s all for now!



Let’s get booking!

Lots to tell you today! Firstly, our autumn training and cluster dates are now available to book through the Warwickshire County Council booking system. Please make sure that you fill in the course code on the booking form.

We have listed dates for Tiers 1-3chatter matters™, and cluster meetings. We are also able to offer in-house buy-in training by arrangement (twilights and Saturdays possible) so do get in touch if you’d like to organise either a Tier 1 for your whole team, a parent workshop or VERVE.

We are not ready for taking bookings yet, but as time soon marches on, please do save the date for our 2015/16 conference which will be on Wednesday 10th February 2016 at Bulkington Village Centre. More details to follow soon.



Competition Time!

We are launching a summer competition – with a prize – for Champions to design a new Parent Communication Board. There are several parent boards available on our website (in the ‘resources to download/print‘ section) along the themes ‘making the most of mealtimes’, ‘the best of getting dressed’, ‘at the park’ etc, but we would like some more so this is your chance to get creative. You know the format… a top tip, maybe a quiz, something interactive if you can, and some practical strategies. You can choose the theme.

Here’s the small print. There are a few rules…
1. If you use google images to add pictures, you must make sure that you use the‘advanced search’ function and click in the ‘usage rights’  box: ‘free to use, share or modify, even for commercial use’ otherwise we are not allowed to distribute them.
2. All mentions of ‘time to talk’ must be lower case, bold type (we like Century Gothic font!!).
3. If you include any pictures of children you must make sure that you have the appropriate consent for the images to be shared and you must submit signed consent forms with your entry (see website for consent form to download).
4. You can use Microsoft PowerPoint or Publisher to make your posters, or any other programme that can save files as pdf documents.
5. All entries must be sent to us by 31st August 2015. E-mail to:
6. The winners will be announced in September 2015. Good luck!!

Any queries, please do let us know. We look forward to seeing all your ideas!

There are still some summer cluster meetings available if you haven’t made it to one yet. Cluster meetings are a huge part of the success of ‘time to talk’ so please do find a date that you can attend. They are compulsory for anyone to achieve or maintain their ‘enhanced‘ certificates. Dates on the website. Please remember to include the course code when you make your booking with Warwickshire County Council.

***save the date – the ‘time to talk’ conference will be taking place on Wednesday 10th February 2016 at Bulkington Village Centre – more details to follow soon***


Summer term 2015 training brochure… available now

‘time to talk’ training booklet summer term 2015

The summer term training brochure is now available. We are offering many more opportunities for champions to attend Cluster Meetings so please make sure that you find a session near you. If you can’t see one on your doorstep, there should be another not too far away. The sessions will run throughout May but you need only attend once. Please make every effort to get to one of the cluster meetings as they are our main way to keep you up-to-date, for you to refresh your knowledge and to network with other centres. We look forward to seeing you.


March Newsletter

Our March newsletter is pretty full… have a read: ‘time to talk’ Newsletter March 2015

If you still have pictures or a paragraph about your ‘chatter matters week’ it’s not too late to send them in to add to our website article. Send to Deborah.

We have listed provisional dates for the summer term training here. The WCC brochure will be available as soon as venues are confirmed but you can pencil in your dates in advance.

If you are interested in VERVE training for your staff team or a parent workshop, let us know.

Keep in touch!