• Share stories, songs and rhymes from all cultures and in babies’ home languages and other languages common in communities.
  • Share favourite stories, songs, rhymes or music as babies are settling to sleep, or at other quiet times.
  • Sing frequently with young babies, encouraging them to join in.
  • Create an environment which invites responses from babies and adults, for example, touching, smiling, smelling, feeling, listening, exploring, describing and sharing.
  • Establish a familiar pattern by spending prolonged moments of time each day interacting with the baby, or a small group of babies.
  • Consider what it feels like to use your voice in your environment – what kinds of soundscape and sensory atmosphere do children experience? Is the invitation to “join in” with this environment, using voices, bodies and objects to make noise, irresistible?