The Informed Parent
You and your family are your child’s first and best teacher. You understand and know your child better than anyone else. From conception through the first 5-6 years of life, your child’s growth, development and brain maturation are critical in setting the foundation of lifelong health, learning and well-being. From birth, learning and development at each stage of life lay the building blocks for the next more complex evolving skill. Research tells us that this is when children do their most important learning.
Recognizing that each child develops at his or her own pace, in different ways, at different rates and times this checklist of developmental milestones (0-5 years) can guide you monitor your child’s developmental needs and strengths. In recent years disciplines such as psychology, neurology, education, medicine, human development and even economics and policy development have converged to define a “Science of Early Childhood Development”.
What families/parents/caregivers can do to support healthy brain development can be explored through the resources below:
|Having a strong sense of identity||Children build secure relationships with family and other people in their lives and can ask for comfort and help|
|Being connected with and contributing to the world||Children explore their world and understand the natural environment|
|Having a strong sense of well-being||Children are happy physically healthy and confident|
|Being a confident and involved learner||Children enjoy learning, are curious, don’t give up easily, are creative and imaginative|
|Being an effective communicator||Children interact and communicate with words and gestures, enjoy singing, talking, stories and books|
You can support your child’s learning at home by:
- Encouraging them to try new things
- Playing, singing and talking about everything you do together
- Reading to them
- Asking simple questions and encouraging your child ask questions
- Involving your child in everyday activities
- Providing positive and immediate response to all of your child’s activities and communication