What excited you most?

“I did the Northamptonshire Baby Room Project four or five years ago and still use the information. I am able to remember the details about brain development and how important it is for us (practitioners) to attune sensitively to babies in our care. It was the best course I have been on as I was able to go away and change things immediately and have remembered details after all these years! Are you going to put on an advanced course”
Senior practitioner in Little Learners, Corby, January 2017

“Offered a structure and theme for future Baby Stay and Play sessions. Visible changes in practice in Baby Stay and Play sessions.”

‘It will impact on my practice as I will be able to be more confident in the job delivery I am doing, as well as making the babies happier and enjoy their time at nursery.’
Baby Room Practitioner - April 2015

Key themes of the project:

Session one: Babies' Brain Development

By being knowledgeable about early development and learning, practitioners can be alert to the importance of paying close attention to the potential of individual babies. Learn how every experience shapes the brain and the brain adapts to the environment it finds itself in.
'Interaction is key to baby brain development.' Family Support Worker, Irthlingborough Children's Centre, 2011.

Session two: Babies' Emotional Development

By being aware of emotional needs, practitioners can respond with sensitivity to babies and support them with loving and meaningful interactions. Understanding how crying a baby’s way of letting you know they are here and need you.

“The idea that as a stressed practitioner, I can have a negative impact on the children in my care, [means I] therefore need to find ways to de-stress and become a more relaxed practitioner”

Practitioner Corby 2016

“I never really thought about fears in babies and we have changed how we run things in the baby room for example, reducing the number of people who come into the room. No longer picking babies up from behind, feeling confident to cuddle them”

Practitioner, Northampton 2017

Session three: Babies' Playing and Laughing

By being in tune with individual babies, practitioners can recognise the huge impact early experiences have on holistic development. Learn that playing is learning. Laughing relieves stress. Singing releases ‘feel good’ chemicals in our brains. Ok to be playful at work!

‘I am laughing more with the babies and love them staring at me when I am trying to sing!’

Practitioner 2016

Secure attachment has at least three functions:

  1. Provides a sense of safety and security
  2. Regulates emotions, by soothing distress, creating joy, and supporting calm
  3. Offers a secure base from which to explore
Divecha (2017)


'Interaction is key to baby brain development.' 

Family Support Worker, Irthlingborough Children's Centre, 2011.


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Did you know...?

From a baby's point of view if someone loves you and sees you as lovely you are more likely to have lovely feelings and grow in confidence.

Build a trusting relationship by comforting your baby if they need you.

Laughing lowers stress and is an important part of a baby’s development.


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