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Learning to talk

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Learning to talk is one of the most important steps that young children take. It helps them make sense of the world, to ask for what they need and to get along with other people.

Language and speech development starts at birth and progresses quickly through the early years and beyond. As with other learning, it happens at different rates for different children.

To find out more 

Have a look at the Parent Easy Guide 'Learning to talk' developed by Parenting SA. Parenting SA is a collaboration between the Women's and Children's Health Network and the Department of Education, South Australia. 

Bilingualism and raising bilingual children

‘Bilingualism’ means being able to use two or more languages. Over half of the world’s population is bilingual. In Australia, an increasing number of children are growing up in homes where more than one language is spoken.

To find out more about this, have a look at:

Raising Children Network 

Centre for Community Child Health 

Contacts in South Australia

  • Parent Helpline: Tel 1300 364 100 for advice on child health and parenting
  • Child and Family Health Centres: Tel 1300 733 606: 9am–4:30pm, Monday to Friday to make an appointment at your local Centre


Parenting SA For other Parent Easy Guides including ‘Milestones’, ‘Why stories are important’, ‘More than reading and writing’ and ‘Growing and learning in the family’, Why stories are important, Right from the start, Living with babies.

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The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).

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