Dr. Barbora Skarabela: The Role of Baby-Talk Words

Dr. Barbora Skarabela, a linguist at the University of Edinburgh, on the role of baby-talk words in early language learning.


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Katrina Lucas: Using Scots in the Early Years

Former Scots Language Coordinator, Katrina Lucas, on practical ways to introduce Scots to an early years audience.


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Neil Mathers

Neil Mathers: How Poverty Threatens Children’s Rights

Neil Mathers of Save the Children examines the scale of poverty in Scotland and how we can begin to bridge the attainment gap for our children


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Mother and father reading Say Hello Like This to their baby

Say Hello Like This

This book is all about having fun with the animal voices. Use your best silly voices like the dad in this video, and enjoy your child’s reaction. Like the family in the video, you can also add a few actions, like bouncing or jumping.

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mother and child reading Peekaboo Farm

Peekaboo Farm!

Peekaboo Farm is a bright and attractive book. The big flaps and sturdy board are perfect for small hands to handle. Like the mum in this video, give your baby lots of time to explore the pages, practice opening and closing flaps, and turning the pages.

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Grandfather reading Pants with his granddaughter


Pants is a hilarious, rhyming, read-aloud book. Curl up like the Grandad and his Granddaughter in this video and enjoy laughing at all the different people and animals that you see. You could try talking about the different colours, patterns, and pictures of pants on every page!

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Owl Babies

This picture book is a classic. Notice how the mum in this video reads the book in a nice calm and reassuring tone - it’s a very gentle read aloud, perfect for bedtime.

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Father reading book to his baby

One, Two, Three...Run!

The dad in this video is reading to a very young baby. The baby is so engaged, and maintains eye contact with his dad throughout. It wouldn’t really matter what the dad was reading, the baby is just enjoying the experience of the cuddle and hearing his dad’s voice.

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Baby being read to by grandparents

Happy Baby Playtime

This book is great for babies because there’s lots for them to look at. You can talk about the different things in the picture, just like the Granny in this film.

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Family reading Goodnight Tractor

Goodnight Tractor

This gentle, rhyming book is an excellent bedtime story. A bedtime story is an important part of helping children to relax and encouraging them to sleep well.

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