Each year, ‘time to talk’™ reports on the achievements of the strategy across the county. Click here to read this year’s report, hot off the press.
Back in February 2016 we held our annual ‘time to talk’™ conference ‘Language for Living, Love and Learning’. Read all about it here…
We are planning another conference for February 2017 – watch this space!
Hot off the press!!! Our training dates and cluster meetings for Autumn 2016 and Spring 2017 are now available on this page:
Please remember to use the booking codes when you book a place. All speech and language champions and managers are welcome to join us at cluster meetings. Don’t miss out!!!
Are you a parent or professional who would like to speak to a Speech and Language Therapist about your questions or concerns? It might be about a referral to the service, a WellComm screen or a query about typical development.
Heather Carpenter (North Warwickshire) and Elizabeth Roche (South Warwickshire) are available each month to answer your questions – click below for dates and contact details:
Settings can display these posters to share with parents and other practitioners.
Good news! The summer term 2016 training brochure is now available with booking codes so that you can book yourself on tiered training, ‘chatter matters’ and cluster meetings. Click here to access the information. Please be aware that the first Tier 2 training begins very soon… next week on Tuesday 12th April. Our apologies for the delay in releasing this brochure. We look forward to seeing you at training and at cluster meetings.
This year, we are joined on the ‘chatter matters’™ bus tour by Warwickshire CAVA (Community and Voluntary Action). They want to know about what early years help parents, carers and families value, where they go for support, and what would have helped but has been missing for them (gaps and unmet needs) Click here for more information or visit their Facebook page.
Parents and carers can now complete an online survey here. By telling Warwickshire CAVA their views, they will get the chance to enter a prize draw to win one of three prizes: £100 shopping voucher and two £50 shopping vouchers.
Once views are gathered, they will be used to help decide on what support, services and activities are provided in Warwickshire in the future. (Please note all information provided by parents and families will remain confidential and contact information will not be shared)
For more information on the Smart Start programme visit: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/smartstart
‘chatter matters’™ week 2016 begins on Monday 7th March and this week our theme is ‘chatter matters’™ – it’s in our nature. We are encouraging all the ‘time to talk’™ settings across the county to take part and we have provided ideas and resources about nature for Speech and Language Champions to use. There is now a printable thank you card on our ‘chatter matters’™ week page as well as lots more ideas for songs, stories and activities to celebrate children’s communication skills. Click here: ‘chatter matters’™ week 2016
We will be touring the county with the ‘chatter matters’™ bus. If you are planning to bring a group of children, please do let one of us know so that we know to expect you. There will be information for families available on the bus as well as a chance for children to play. We look forward to hearing all about your ‘chatter matters’™ week celebrations and we’d love to see pictures of all of your fantastic ideas whether it’s a welly walk, decorating a communication tree or simply singing a song. Happy ‘chatter matters’™ week!
David Crystal is a professor of linguistics who is often to be heard as a broadcaster. He is known for his accessible manner and we are sure that his talk ‘The Fascinating First Year’ will offer further insight about how the significant changes that children experience in their first year take place. He has written many many books about language, including language development in children and these will be available to buy on the day (on special offer!), thanks to Warwick Books.
We are also hosting some workshops from colleagues within Warwickshire. There will be sessions on sensory play, working with parents to create practical resources for children and a way to develop a vision for the children and families that you support.
We will be showcasing some of the excellent practice that we see every day from our Speech and Language Champions through video clips, displays and short talks. We would welcome more offers for this. Have you developed something that has worked really well this year? We’d love to hear from you if you have something to share – videos and photographs are welcome, and you could also set up your own display on the day (there are plenty of exhibition boards available). Go on, blow your own trumpet! Just click‘reply’ to this email and we will be happy to talk to you about your suggestions.
We are looking forward to a great day – we really hope that you are able to join us.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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’™