In our years of providing child care for Wellard and other Perth suburbs, we have helped a lot of children get great head starts for their first school experience. But did you know you can make it even better? That is because children always learn the most from their parents, especially during their first five years.
The primary parent, usually the mum, is the parent the child learns the most from. During the first year, your baby is learning your patterns of speech and behaviour, even if doesn’t seem like it. By the time your child turns one year old, he or she has received 8,760 hours of child care are from you. By five years old, that number can be as high as 43,800.
Here are some things you can do to get the most out of the “teaching hours” you spend with your child.
Be a Great Role Model
We cannot stress this strongly enough. If you tend to throw tantrums, your child will internalise them as acceptable behaviour. On the other hand, if you are a calm, guiding hand to your child, you are role modeling that calm and serenity. The same goes with attributes such as honesty and integrity. As the old adage goes, “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” Be a great “tree” for your child.
If you sing, talk and tell stories to your child, you are planting the seeds of language development. Even though you don’t know it, your child is learning the language and will eventually be reading and writing. Tell stories and pretend your child understands them. On an unconscious level, they do.
We have covered this a lot on the blog: children learn faster through play than by any other means. Children learn problem-solving, language, spatial, numerical and literacy skills through play. Most of all, they learn how to create and think out of the box.
For the Best Child Care in Wellard or Any Perth Suburb
If you would like to learn more or are interested in child care for your children, call your nearest Cuddles Childcare Centre today.