Child Development and Early Learning

Cognitive development must be nurtured and encouraged as soon as the child is born.

The main areas of development in a child’s first years are the motor or physical skills, the cognitive skills which include language and communication skills, as well as social and emotional skills.

Possibly the most important skill to develop is cognitive, because it affects how a person thinks, solves problems, learns, acts and so much more.

As caretakers, it is important to nurture and encourage cognitive development as soon as the child is born. Research shows that fostering a child’s cognitive development is the foundation for how well they will perform in school and process information throughout their lives.

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What everyone should know about child development and early learning:

  • The first years of a child’s life are very important for building their brain. Everything they sense and experience helps them shape their thinking, feeling, moving and learning.
  • Encouraging children to play and to explore helps them to develop socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually. Playing teaches children about their bodies, their environment and grows the functions of their brain.
  • Children learn how to behave by copying the behaviour of those around them. That means parents and caregivers need to be careful what they do around children because they can easily copy bad language and behavior.
  • Getting a child to start school on time is important to make sure they continue to grow and develop at the right pace.
  • All children develop in similar patterns, but at different paces depending on their own interests, personality and the things they like.

To promote your child's cognitive development, it is important that you activily engage in quality interactions on a daily basis.

  • Talking with your baby and naming commonly used objects;
  • Letting your baby explore toys and move about;
  • Singing and reading to your baby;
  • Exporting your toddler to books and puzzles;
  • Answering your child's "why" questions.