When we think of a child’s intellectual, emotional and social development, we rightly spend a good deal of time trying to ensure that they get places at the best available schools in the area. And yet, it may come as something of a surprise to learn that the latest evidence on brain development places a great deal of emphasis upon what happens in the very first three years of a child’s life and even while they are still in utero.
At Babies To Three, both in our pregnancy class on Mondays and our parenting group on Thursdays, we have been learning how the brain of the youngest baby can be helped along in the most positive way.
From early secure attachment, which can begin before birth, to understanding how a fetal brain develops during the third trimester we have been learning how parents can influence and optimize their Childs emotional, physical and cognitive health from the very beginning.
So, when it comes to our children, they are never too young to learn… and even though we may be tempted to think that playing with a newborn, or providing them with stimulating environments is more about entertaining them as opposed to educating them, we will in fact be playing a crucial role in brain development.