The Learning Child

Nurturing risk management with your toddler

Nurturing risk management with your toddler sounds scary when you want to wrap them in cotton wool. But this is doing them no favours. These first years of your child’s life will see them develop their basic brain architecture and they need a wide range of experiences to do this. Taking risks and pushing themselves is a vital part of this process.

Nurturing communication skills with Toddlers

The confident language abilities of your skilled speaker can tell you so much, even at two years old. It will offer you a strong indication of how well your child is going to manage when they start school, along with how well they will do within it. Read on to learn how you can nurture your toddlers communication skills.

Nurturing authentic play with your toddler

As your toddler’s capabilities are increasing, you can begin introducing them to more authentic play. Boost these experiences by offering them real objects that they may see you or a family member using. Or include things they might recognise from a nature ramble or a trip to a café or post office.

How can you begin growing your child’s brain

In my work I am seeing more and more adults who seem to have lost the art of play, coming to me unsure of how to act, their role within the play, or concerned for when things did not go as expected. While no child needs to be taught how to play – they will make fun with the most limited of means – they do need permission. And they need adults who understand its importance

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Begin supporting Lifelong Learning from the very beginning

Processes of development are being embedded through every learning opportunity. Their expectations and perceptions of the world are being informed, underpinning the stability of their mental health and well-being. How they react to external influences, empathise with others or form meaningful relationships is being informed by the empathy and love they are surrounded by. And how well they learn to regulate their emotions is being informed by the levels of stress they are exposed to.

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Five top experiences to ready your child for the classroom 

Determined more by opportunities for communication within the home than any other factor, your child’s grasp of language is going to be of great importance. If you imagine the experiences faced by a child with limited language in the realities of the school classroom, compared to the head start experienced by a confident speaker, the resulting outcomes and class dynamics are clear.