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Stalls at the Learn to Communicate, Communicate to Learn conference
Stalls at the Learn to Communicate, Communicate to Learn conference

A conference to promote the importance of communication, speech and language skills for young children has taken place in Bolton.

The conference, called Learn to Communicate, Communicate to Learn, was held at the Science and Technology Centre on Saturday September 3 and Monday September 5.

At the event, professionals who work with children aged up to five years old, such as teachers and child minders, discussed the importance of developing good communication skills at an early age.

The keynote presentation came from Jean Gross, National Communication Champion for the Communication Trust, while Jan Robinson, Bolton Council’s Early Years lead, provided an outline of developments at a local level.

Some of the issues discussed included: the recent review of the early years foundation stage by Dame Clare Tickell; the focus on early language and communication alongside social and emotional development; and a proposal for a communication champion in every Bolton setting.

A delegate at the conference said: “The conference was super and really brought to light how important communication is and how as a practitioner I can make a difference.”

The conference was organised by the council in partnership with NHS Bolton’s Speech and Language Therapy Service and early years services in Bolton.

More information for early years practitioners can be found by visiting and clicking on the early years link.

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