Harry Judd to host special live event for BBC’s Tiny Happy People
Harry Judd will host a special live event for BBC’s ‘Tiny Happy People’.
The McFly drummer, 37, will be exploring children’s language development in the hour-long special that’s set to air this Thursday (12.01.22).
The dad-of-three – who has Lola, six, and sons Kit, four and Lockie, 15 months, with his wife Izzy, 38 – said parents often rely on instinct as children’s communication skills is not something they’re taught.
He said: “It’s something we’re not taught about as parents. We often have to rely on our own instincts. There will be many beneficial things that we do for our children without knowing [it] and I think it’s important to spread knowledge and empower parents to understand things that are important for their child’s development.
"One of the most important things is for children to be able to communicate their feelings and their thoughts. That’s something we’ve really encouraged with our children. To have the vocabulary and confidence to explain what they’re feeling makes a parent’s life easier, but most importantly it makes the child’s life easier.”
Joining the programme, which has been produced in partnership with Speech and Language UK, are speech and language therapists Janet Cooper, Monal Gajjar and Louisa Reeves.
Louisa said: "I’m delighted to be representing Speech and Language UK, working with Tiny Happy People, as we want to reach as many parents and early years professionals as possible.
"There are 1.7 million children in the UK who are currently struggling with their talking and understanding of words right now. But the good news is that for most children who are struggling, the right support at the right time can and does make all the difference.
"This live session is a great opportunity to highlight to parents and early years professionals why speech and language support is crucial for all children’s learning right from an early age and where they can get support.”
BBC's 'Tiny Happy People' exec Joe McCulloch added: “For parents across the UK who have concerns about their child’s development, the BBC Tiny Happy People live event is a brilliant way to access speech and language experts at a time when demand can often exceed supply. We’re delighted that Harry, an invested parent and charismatic host, can join us for the event!”