In our time providing child care in the Perth and Queens Park area, we have learned a lot about child development. One of the more important concepts is that relationships with parents, carers and peers are a predictor of success. There is no way to sugarcoat this important concept: the more nurturing a child receives from parents and carers, the more emotionally healthy that child becomes.
Early relationships help children learn how to communicate, understand, think, show emotions, behave and develop social skills. Relationships allow children to express themselves through a question, a laugh or a cry, and get immediate feedback through an answer, a smile or a cuddle, for example. The feedback the child receives is very important and affects how they relate to the world.
In addition, this communication and feedback are creating shared experiences. This helps the child learn more about the world and how to act in it.
The parents are the child’s most important role models. A child will shape their thinking and how they act according to parental feedback, especially during their first two or three years when the parents are almost the only people who give feedback to the child.
During those years, it is important for the parent to “mirror” the child a great deal of the time, communicating in the child’s preferred form of communication. It could be facial expressions, gestures or babbling, but whatever it is, it is how the child is choosing to communicate. Communicating in that way back to the child helps to validate them.
Learning through Play
At Cuddles Childcare Centres in the Perth area, our motto is “Learning through Play.” Play is important because it gives the child an opportunity to explore while exchanging feedback with their peers.
Cuddles Childcare Centres
At Cuddles Childcare Centres, we go out of our way to nurture and encourage all children as they learn through play. Our caring staff is always nearby to lend encouragement or answer questions. Contact us for more information.