Child Development

Food for Thought

According to an article by Harvard Medical School, the first two years of a child’s life is when the adult foundations of the brain are laid down, and once made the connections cannot be undone. How the brain begins is how it stays…So, while they are little we must do everything we can to help boost children’s brain power - and where better to start than the food they eat.
Published:
28/05/2019
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Author:
Jane Gleasure
Child Development

Monkey Bars and Writing: Ofsted finds risk-averse society is impacting children’s physical development

Early Years providers who are overly worried about Health and Safety are depriving children of a crucial part of preparing them for school - developing the muscular strength and dexterity to write. According to the latest Annual Report from Ofsted, some settings are ‘compromising on the substance of their provision’ because of undue concerns about risks involved in particular activities. For example, some providers will not take children out on visits because of road safety, others do not provide climbing equipment because of the ramifications should a child get hurt.
Published:
08/01/2019
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Author:
Jane Gleasure
Child Development

The Importance of Tummy Time for Babies

Babies need time spent on their tummies it helps them to develop their back and neck muscles needed for future movement. Babies who are laid on their backs all day do not get a chance to develop these crucial muscles in the same way. Regular tummy time works to increase babies' movement skills and confidence needed for crawling and also helps to develop their coordination and balance and babies that engage in regular time on their front each day are generally able to roll, crawl, sit, stand and walk earlier than babies that do not.
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Jane Gleasure
Child Development

Benefits of Yoga For Babies

Babies are naturally very limber and flexible and physical development actually happens largely through natural yoga poses which they perform with ease and aid in both their gross and fine motor skills. Encouraging these poses and the tactile stimulation involved has been found to have significant benefits to baby development and physiological processes.
Published:
06/09/2018
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Author:
Jane Gleasure
Child Development

Benefits of music in child development

Music plays a big part in our culture and cultures across the world, we instinctively use music to soothe babies, in play and to express love, however, there is more to this than meets the eye. Music plays a big part in the natural development of children in all areas from developing motor skills through dance and movement, to improving linguistic skills and social development. There are few things that can have as much of an impact on a child's development as music.
Published:
10/07/2018
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Author:
Jane Gleasure
Child Development

Foods To Avoid That Can Negatively Affect Children's Behaviour

Young children are very susceptible to the side effects of what is being put into their bodies. If you have ever been concerned about fluctuating moods and other unusual behavior patterns in your child, it may be worth checking this list and monitoring what in fact your child is eating that could be having an adverse effect.
Published:
20/02/2018
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Author:
Jane Gleasure
Child Development

Choosing Developmentally Appropriate Gifts for Preschoolers

Toys can be of significant benefit to a child's development, choosing the right toys for their developmental stage is key to ensuring that they are getting the right stimulation.
Published:
13 December 2017
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Author:
Jane Gleasure
Child Development

Moving Mountains

Why we resist telling our Little Ones to slow down or Stop moving. Find out more and read the whole article today!
Published:
26th November 2015
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Author:
David Gleasure
Child Development