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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.

  • 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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With funding from the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation, Playgroup NSW, is piloting a special playgroup for refugee families in South West Sydney.  We are running this playgroup in partnership with SSI (Settlement Services International), NSW’s largest settlement agency and service provider to new humanitarian arrivals and asylum seekers.

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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