Contrary to the images portrayed by the media, it is not the value of the toys bought or the time spent that furthers a young child's overall development ; it is in fact the QUALITY of every interaction, albeit with the environment, social relationships, sensory stimuli and more . . . So as a parent, what can you do to ensure your child is on the right learning curve?

Extensive research on early childhood development shows that for every child : The Stronger the start the greater the Finish”, irrespective of family context, socio-economic profile or geographic location. Therefore contrary to popular belief that the primary, middle or senior years in education have the maximum influence on a child’s development, it is in fact the early years - zero to six – that have optimum impact regarding overall success in life. Yet for most adults this period in a child’s life continues to be considered the least important on the basis that “What can they learn, they’re only babies after all?

It is no coincidence that during the period zero to six , a child’s brain experiences optimal growth; perhaps to process all the new things they need to learn in such a short period; how to walk, talk, read, write, socialise, play, judge, think, problem-solve, process and more . . . ? Time perhaps to ask ourselves, when was the last time we learned how to comprehend, speak, read and write a new language or develop a new physical skill like skateboarding? How long did it take us? And how easy was it ?!

As adults we tend to forget how difficult it is to learn things from scratch …

Perhaps then it’s time to look at the early years with renewed respect. Zero to Six is the most critical learning window in each child’s life; too important a time-frame to be lost sitting at home in front of a TV !

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