By Erin Turner and Ryan Kroon :: The Learning Sanctuary
The term ‘development’ within the Early Education Sector is actually used holistically to describe the changes in your child’s physical growth and their ability to learn social, emotional, behavioural, cognitive, and communication skills.
Interestingly, these areas are interlinked, with each influencing the other.
The thought that your child may not be developing “fast enough” can be a common area of concern for parents. Many parents find themselves unconsciously comparing their child’s development with another’s.
If this sounds familiar, rest assure there are many ways you can support your child during their critical development age of 0 to 5 years.
Firstly, remember that all children are unique and they will learn and develop in different ways and at different paces.
Secondly, the key to successfully supporting them is to nurture them and ensure they feel safe and secure within their environment. The early experiences your child has, the things they see, hear, touch, smell and taste set the foundations for learning, health and behaviour throughout their life.
To support your child’s development, we encourage you to;
1. Nurture children to develop trust within their home and out of home environments
2. Encourage positive relationships between children and others Support children to take calculated risks and engage in purposeful experiences
3. Be reassured that every child is unique and will develop at their own pace
4. Evaluate your expectations of the child’s development and assess if these are appropriate to the child’s age
At The Learning Sanctuary, we value the pace in which each child learns and develops individually. As educators, we strive to ensure each child is observed in a setting where they can thrive and at a pace that is right for them while gaining that important sense of belonging.
Children are encouraged to engage in purposeful experiences. When children are actively involved in an inclusive and supportive environment, they experience belonging. This sets the pathway for ongoing learning and development.
The Learning Sanctuary believe that children’s engagement in learning experiences assists and allows them to explore, identify and discover new interests, negotiate, take on new risks and create meaning in their world and further supporting learning.
If you are concerned about a child’s development, it is encouraged that you speak with or seek advice from a qualified medical professional.
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