About Small Talk

Small Talk is a pilot project from the National Literacy Trust, run with the Department for Education (DfE). We want to support parents to chat, play and read with their child at home as much as possible.

A child’s language development begins long before they start school and is shaped by the people and places in their lives. Parents are their children's first teachers and there are so many simple ways parents can help children learn and grow at home.

Small Talk is part of a wider National Literacy Trust initiative to improve the home learning environment for 0-5 year olds and will be running in seven areas across the country: Peterborough, Swindon, Newcastle, Manchester, Birmingham Stoke and Nottingham.

Small Talk events

We are delivering fun, interactive events in the places and spaces families visit as part of their daily routine, such as their local shopping centre or coffee shop, to model short, simple activities that promote positive adult-child communication. We have events coming up in:


Wednesday 22 January - Asda Harpurhey

Tuesday 11 February - North City Library

Multiple dates - Moss Side Powerhouse Library


Tuesday 18 February - intu Potteries


Monday 3 February - Cruddas Park Library


Thursday 6 February - The Bridge Centre, Hyson Green


Thursday 13 February - Serpentine Green Shopping Centre

We'll be running more events across the country! Watch this space for dates and locations!