During pregnancy and in the first 2 years of a baby’s life, research has shown that 80% of a baby’s brain development will be taking place. Therefore it is crucial at this stage for your baby to receive positive interactions and experiences with his/her caregivers in order to provide a strong foundation for their future health and development.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework sets the standards for learning, development and care for children aged 0-5years old.
Parents/carers are fundamental in supporting their child’s development and can sometimes underestimate everything they do at home with their child; will further enhance their future learning and development.
Talking and reading to your baby/child will help them to learn, understand new words and ideas and will allow them to respond in different ways, well before they can talk to you.
Singing songs/ nursery rhymes, playing with your child or spending one-one time with your child outside of the busy day to day tasks can have a positive and lasting effect on your child’s learning as they progress towards school.
Your local Children’s Centre can provide ideas for things you can do at home with your child and also provide many other fun activities for you and your baby/child to join in, such as ‘Messy Play’. These activities are completely free and obligation free.
Useful Leaflets, such as:
- Say hello to your baby
- Playing with your child (tips for children aged 2 to 4 years)
- Play is the way to learn
Will provide lots of information and fun ideas of how to play and communicate with your baby/child to help enhance their future development.
These leaflets can be found at any of your Children Centres or online at: www.worcestershire.gov.uk/childrenscentres
You can find the EYFS Framework at:
Bookstart is a national programme that offers all pre-school children free books to help inspire the love of reading and writing before they start school.