Tiny Happy People
The BBC has launched the ‘Tiny Happy People’ initiative which aims to help you develop your child’s language and communication skills through a range of free interactive activities, so they get the best start in life.
They’re quick and inspiring, but they’re also based on expert advice and evidence, and are proven to help your child’s development.
With activities available for every stage of a child’s development, from pregnancy to 5 years old, theres a range of resources available to keep your child’s language skills up to date.
When children start school they should be able to speak to their new friends in full sentences, ask teachers simple questions and understand what they’re told to do. When they have these skills they’ll feel more confident and they’ll be happier.
But children starting school all across the UK today are unable to do these things.
In England, 1 in 4 children starting primary school are behind with their level of literacy development (language, communication and literacy skills) by the time they start primary school, rising to more than 1 in 3 (42%) in some areas (Department for Education, 2019). The picture is similar in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland too.
Language and communication skills unlock literacy, and that’s why Tiny Happy People is concentrating on the building blocks of language development.
“Gold dust for families”
The Duchess of Cambridge has been a vocal supporter of the site and said to the BBC:
“Tiny Happy People really is gold dust for families, giving tips and tools to use particularly in those first five years.
“Families and parents know how important it is to look after our children and to nurture and care for them. But I didn’t realise before I started all of this work just how important it is. Some of the science behind child development it is extraordinary. For example, that 90% of our adult brain grows before the age of 5.
“It just shows what a precious time this is and what an amazing opportunity we’ve got to really nurture their minds and put them in the best possible position for their future lives.
There’s not a huge amount of support and guidance currently out there. I think what Tiny Happy People is providing for families is a real lifeline and very much needed.”