The importance of talking to pre-school children was the theme of a seminar held at the Rotherham Unity Centre.
Volunteers and employees shared information on how to boost children’s life chances by encouraging parents to spend more time talking to them.
The event, organised by Rotherham Council, brought together a wide variety of workers, with representatives from South Yorkshire Police, Rotherham United Community Sports Trust and the Rockingham Children’s Centre.
Rotherham Council’s Alison Lilburn said: “Every parent I have met wants the best for their children, but some simply don’t realise the importance of speaking and listening to them from the day they are born.
“Fifty per cent of a child’s learning occurs in the first four years”.
The seminar was supported by One Town, One Community.