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Early Childhood Development

All the things we know about how to improve outcomes for children relate to how we engage with children and how we relate them with opportunities. The solutions are social.

It’s important to acknowledge what we know about child development from infancy to childhood. The brain in early childhood - especially in the first years - is growing at an absolutely staggering rate. As the child grows, their brain consolidates. In other words, the infant's’ brain is like a super organ ready for experience and input.  As it starts receiving that input, it starts to narrow down what it focuses on. 

A child's development is driven by both genes and experience. And while there is only so much you can do about genes, there are a lot of things you can do to encourage an early childhood development in your child.

We understand that proper early childhood development is extremely important. In this section you can learn more about how infants develop in the most important areas during the first years of life.

  • Playgroup NSW

    Tue 06-Sep-16

    Your baby or toddler can be your perfect resource for play ideas. Any activity can be fun to young children, and any type of play will allow them to acquire new skills. As a parent, you are your child’s favourite playmate. Here are our top tips on how to make play fun for you and your child:

  • Raising Children Network

    Tue 09-Aug-16

    From the moment they are born, babies are very social - they want to spend time with you and communicate with you. How you respond helps them learn. It's natural for your baby to want to communicate with you through babbling, facial expressions and gestures - for example, waving and nodding. Tuning in and responding to your baby with warmth and gentleness lays the foundations for development. 

  • Telethon Kids Institute

    Thu 02-Jun-16

    The research from the Telethon Kids Institute, It takes a village to raise a child: The influence and impact of playgroups across Australia, shows that children who attend playgroup are half as likely to have developmental vulnerabilities when they start primary school.  
    The benefits of playgroup are seen  for all domains of child development: physical, social, emotional, language and cognitive development and communication. They also benefit parents who need support networks and advice. Overall, one in three Australian children attend playgroup before they start school. Even in the most disadvantaged communities, one in four children attend playgroups prior to school.   We know that children learn through play. This research shows just how important playgroup can be in facilitating children’s development.

  • Raising Children Network

    Wed 29-Jul-15

    The first five years of a child’s life are critical for development. The experiences children have in these years help shape the adults they will become.

  • Alberta Family Wellness Initiative

    Thu 09-Jul-15

    Babies are born ready to learn, and their brains develop through use. Your baby needs a stimulating environment with lots of different activities - plenty of ways to play and learn. Every experience is building your baby’s brain. Watch this 4 minute video to find out more about how brains are built.

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Playgroup of the Month

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We value all our playgroups and their amazing stories. This is why, each month, we want you to meet one of them, hopefully their stories will inspire you.

This month, the focus is on Arcadia Playgroup. The determination of this special group of people will surely inspire you.

Play Activities

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Children love playing with balls of all shapes and sizes. And with good reason: balls are great for group play, organised sports or just playing by yourself. They are also suitable for a variety of age groups (from babies to children and even adults).

Featured Video

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In celebration of our 45th birthday, we’ve produced a fun, short video which we hope you enjoy. Thanks to all the playgroups and others who contributed to it.

Featured Article

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Mothercraft nurse, Chris Minogue, answers one of Kinderling Radio listener’s question on how to keep their child safe on the ground.

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