Talking Together in Cambridgeshire (TTiC) focusses on improving outcomes for children aged 0-5. Our key objective is to increase the awareness, knowledge and understanding of our communities in how to support young children’s communication, language, and literacy development.
Launched by the Early Years’ Service in 2018, Talking Together uses a joined-up, place-based approach to encourage communities to work together to become more involved in children’s learning, and to feel confident about doing so. By empowering communities to build on their own understanding of child development and the role of adults in young children’s learning, we are building skills, knowledge and understanding of the importance of early communication.
From July 2022, as part of the Early Years Service’s response to the impact of the pandemic, Talking Together in Cambridgeshire is going to broaden its reach beyond March, Chatteris, Wisbech, Huntingdon, North-East Cambridge City, Melbourn, Meldreth and Duxford to support more communities across the wider Cambridgeshire area.
In some areas of Cambridgeshire, children are not progressing as well at school as in other parts of the county. We know that at least part of the reason for this is that children’s early communication, language and literacy development isn’t at the expected level.
Statistics gathered before the pandemic showed that our proportion of disadvantaged children achieving national standards at the end of Reception is lower than our closest comparable authorities and well below the national average.
We are aware that ‘It takes a village to raise a child’ and therefore we are always looking for ways to work with others to improve this situation. We recognise the importance of other services and organisations in meeting this challenge, as well as the key role that families and the wider community play.
We regularly meet with individuals and organisations from our communities who are known to us to help us better understand the needs across our reach area. We are also keen to make new links, so please do get in touch with us if you would like to talk about how we might be able to work together or if you would like to know more about our work.
Grant funding is available for early years providers and community-based groups, and if their application is successful they are awarded funded to run activities which help parents learn more about how to support young children’s communication, language, and literacy development.
We also offer training on communication, language, and literacy development to early years providers and funded community groups supporting children aged 0-5 across Cambridgeshire.
In March 2022, we ran our first Festival of Stories which was a great success. We intend to run the festival on an annual basis so if you are interested in getting involved with the next one, please do get in contact.
Our Facebook page offers information on communication, language and literacy development, and fun activities that can be used by parents and practitioners to support the needs of children aged 0-5.
Why not take a look at our resources focussing on communication, language and literacy development or our storytelling resources?
We also produce a newsletter on a 4-6 weekly basis. If you would like to be added to our email distribution list then please email email@example.com.