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Keep learning

Learn

One of the most crucial time periods in a child’s development and learning is from birth to 5 years old. Understanding your child’s changing and emerging growth and development is an important part of parenting and you can help nature their development by supporting their speech, cognitive and physical development. The Recovery & Wellbeing Academy has a range of courses to help parents and carers and you can also find information at Warwickshire County Council - Children and families and Coventry City Council - Families.

Connect

Connect

Connecting with other parents can bring many benefits to you and your child. Other parent experiences can be a positive reminder that you are not alone. You can find your local family hub by searching for Family Hubs or Children and Family centres. Try to turn off technology to interact with your child; Instead, read a story or play with them. If your child is at the age to attend a childcare setting, it can be a great opportunity to connect your child with others of a similar age where they will learn skills to prepare them for full time education.

Early Years Alliance

Give

Give

Giving your child positive attention helps your child feel secure and valued. You can use everyday moments to give your child positive attention such as smiling, hugging, talking, singing and reading to them. What you might see as misbehaviour is often your child attempting to communicate difficult feelings or an unmet need.
Be active

Be active

Developing a positive attitude to being physically active can lay the foundations for a healthy and active life. Even simple activities can have a benefit. Walking, kicking a ball outside, dancing together or even getting help with housework by creating a “10-minute tidy” activity all counts. Take a look at ideas for getting kids and families active at Sport England - join the movement.

Take notice

Take notice

Children of all ages can benefit from mindfulness. Habits formed early in life will inform behaviours in adulthood. Expressing gratitude, appreciating the world around us, deep breathing exercises made into fun games and mindful eating exercises are a few ways to engage your toddler in the basics of taking notice.