'Babies are great fun and parents can have fun too!'

Research demonstrates that young children progress further and are happier when early years practitioners engage and work with parents, and share information about ways to support and extend children's learning (Athey, 1990). The Early Years Foundation Stage (DCSF, 2008) supports this. Sylva et al (2004) identified the importance of the home learning environment in giving children an advantage in both intellectual and social development. The home learning environment is a strong indicator of outcomes for children in the UK education system.

A key finding from their research is how parents interact with their children and the experiences they provide for them being more important than parents’ educational level, occupation or income. They suggest that it is how parents engage with their children that will make a difference to outcomes for children. This is vital from birth. The home learning environment includes: levels of interaction between adults and children; availability of books; levels of emotional containment.

Our innovative Parents Course builds on these key findings and supports parents to respond appropriately to the emotions and needs of their baby.

Session Aims:
Babies' Brain Development
By being knowledgeable about early development and learning, parents can be alert to the importance of paying close attention to the potential of their babies. Interacting with people is what babies want.
Babies' Emotional Development
By being aware of emotional needs, parents can respond with sensitivity to their babies and support them with loving and meaningful interactions. How you feel and what you do can deeply affect your baby who can pick up on your emotional state.
Babies' Playing and Laughing
By being in tune with individual babies, parents can recognise the huge impact early experiences have on holistic development for their babies. Playing with babies is a great way of interacting with them. Any time can be playtime; feeding, nappy changing; sitting together as well as playing with toys.

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Quotes from parents - Croyland Children's Centre and Irthlingborough Children's Centre (2010)

"Great to see how parents are able to apply aspects of cognitive neuroscience to their baby's development and feel excited about it."

"I learnt lots from the project DVD and now look at my baby differently! Every time she learns something new, I think 'Wow' her brain cells are connecting."

"I found the class to be really interesting and great to be able to share experiences with other mums. I also find myself really thinking about my son's brain development and has made me more aware of his surroundings."

"I have found this course so interesting and useful, especially the age of my little boy during the course. I feel I can promote helpful experiences to help his brain development and avoid damaging ones. It has been great getting my brain working again as well."


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