Greater Manchester (GM) 10 Tips for Talking

The Greater Manchester (GM) 10 Tips for Talking are ten key messages to support the development of language and communication skills for babies and young children and can be used by everyone. Each tip is designed to give families and anyone working with children some small suggestions that can make a big difference and help give children the best start. Each message is based on sound research and is delivered by children.

The Ten Tips for Talking are part of Greater Manchester’s school readiness work, which is funded by the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership. The ambitious programme aims to improve outcomes for young children and their families, and ensure every child achieves their potential.

Below are some resources which have been developed to showcase the tips including a printable leaflet and poster, video clips of children speaking the tips and the tips have also been translated into a number of commonly spoken languages across GM.

GM 10 Tips for Talking Printable Slides (PDF, 5.8KB)

GM 10 Tips for Talking Printable A4 Leaflet (PDF, 14.4MB)

GM 10 Tips for Talking Printable A3 Poster (PDF, 1.5MB)

GM 10 Tips for Talking in other languages

GM 10 Tips for Talking - English (PDF, 129KB)

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Tip 1

When I am in mum’s tummy I can hear.

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Tip 2

Cuddle me close so I can see your face and talk to me as soon as I am born.

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Tip 3

Talk about things that interest me or tell me how you think I am feeling.

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Tip 4

Don’t ignore me.

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Tip 5

I love it when we play, sing and look at books together.

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Tip 6

Talk to me all the time.

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Tip 7

Play talking tennis with me.

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Tip 8

Teach me new words.

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Tip 9

Take my dummy out when I am talking.

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Tip 10

Use the language you know best when you talk to me at home.

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GM 10 Tips for Talking in other languages

Translated documents