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New Talk, Listen, Cuddle website helps children to get the best start in life

16 March 2016

Essex County Council has launched a new TLC (talk, listen, cuddle) website to help children to get the best start in life.

TLC is a campaign to help parents, carers and families to develop children’s communication skills through playful learning at home.

The site hosts a range of ideas, tips, games and information to support children’s language, physical and emotional development to ensure that children start school ready to explore, learn and make friends.

Parents can learn about the different milestones of development for children and how to best to support their child’s development at each stage. There are ideas for playing together at home or out and about and ideas to help children’s language development including bi-lingual children. Parents can get advice on getting their child ready for school and there are fun height charts and rhyme cards to download.

Children can sing along to some popular nursery rhymes with our TLC characters or play some fun memory and matching puzzles.  They can also enter a competition to name the TLC characters for a chance to win a set of cuddly toys.

Councillor Ray Gooding, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning said: “In Essex our ambition is for every child to get the best start in life. This new website gives parents the tools to support their child’s early communication and development in a playful way, ensuring that children have the right skills when they start school.”

To visit the website visit