Arabic, Bengali, Chinese and Nepali speaking parents are encouraged to download the new Love, Talk, Sing, Read, Play updated mobile phone app that contains information for every family to help their children learn and develop.

This update means that parents for Arabic, Bengali, Chinese and Nepali communities can use their phone to access the Love, Talk, Sing, Read, Play app to help them answer burning questions about their child’s emotional and social development anytime and anywhere.

The app, now available in English as well as Arabic, Bengali, Chinese and Nepali. It gives parents tips on how to engage with their children from birth to six years.

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Love, Talk, Sing, Read, Play started as a Families NSW printed resource for parents.

Thanks to a joint effort by Sydney, South Western and South Eastern Local Health Districts, the resource is now available as a mobile phone app and a website. This year for Children’s Week, the Local Health Districts have partnered with the NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service to run a media campaign for the Arabic, Bengali, Chinese and Nepali speaking communities in Sydney to learn about the importance of this phone app for their children’s learning and development.

Sydney Local Health District’s Parenting Coordinator and project lead, Belinda Power, said the resource was designed to help parents promote their child’s development.

“We wanted something that stayed true to the evidence base and incorporated anything new about child development, attachment and brain development, but also something that appealed to the everyday parent,” said Ms Power.

The Love, Talk, Sing, Read, Play phone app enables parents to click on the relevant age group and read about development of their child at that stage. Parents can also read ideas on how to talk, read, sing and play with their child as well as personalise the information by adding their own children’s names.

The phone resource has a lot of useful features where parents can get messages in the Arabic, Bengali, Chinese and Nepali languages. They can create a memory book for their child, be sent reminders on immunisations and blue book checks and even add local contacts to the handy list of child and family services.

Another new resource developed for the Arabic, Bengali, Chinese and Nepali speaking communities is the new social media video produced by the St George Child and Family Interagency and South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD) Paediatric Speech Pathology Service entitled “Helping my child learn two languages”.

The video developed in 5 languages including Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Nepali and English was produced in response to the findings from the 2012 and 2015 Australian Early Development Census which identified that there was a need to promote consistent key messages to service providers and families to improve language and communication development in bilingual children prior to school.

These two new exciting multilingual resources aim to help parents make the most of this very important stage of their child’s life.

The “Helping my child learn two languages” video available in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Nepali and English can be downloaded from the SESLHD channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/SESLHD.

The Love, Talk, Sing, Read, Play phone app in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Nepali and English is available to download for free from the app store or google play.