In the first thousand days in a child’s life, a lasting impact on brain development is made through experiences with parents, family and the world around them. A child’s brain is a powerhouse of activity from before birth to their second birthday; taking in sensations, sounds and social cues to name a few.
It can be so easy to make excuses and stay indoors. Being too windy, too wet, too cold, too hot, or not having enough time are all very common reasons. Our backyards are getting smaller and so is our children’s desire to explore.
In a world where junk food advertising is constantly aimed at children, it can be difficult to expect children to eat healthy foods. We are also becoming more time poor as a society, making it easier to reach for processed foods or order takeaway.
The term responsibility carries many connotations. Often, it can be seen as a term reserved for teenagers and adulthood. However, if you expect your child to grow into a responsible person, then it’s important to build these skills early on through parenting at home, day care facilities and kindergarten programs.
Kindergarten is a wonderful stage of learning for children. Emotionally, mentally, socially and physically, they are building valuable foundations for their future learning. Positive, nurturing experiences during this year will benefit your child and in turn, the whole family.
Starting you child in day care is a big step, and it is important that you feel confident with your decision. For many parents, this will be the first time they have entrusted their child to the care of another.