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

Coronavirus update

The Small Talk team are keeping up to date about COVID-19/Coronavirus and will follow the advice of the NHS and government.

If you or your family feel ill or have recently been in contact with somebody who is, please do not attend the event and call NHS 111 to discuss the next steps.

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