As a parent, there are so many ways to support your child’s early learning and development every single day, and it starts with what you are already naturally doing.
See how family, community and culture can be welcomed into early learning.
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Join Jess as she tells her successful early learning story.
Reading aloud and sharing stories with your child when they are young helps develop literacy skills and learn about the world around them.
In the first years of a child’s life, their brain development will create the foundations for all learning and development later in life. While genetics provide the initial ‘map’ for development, it is everyday experiences and relationships that shape a child’s brain.
Having a go at writing and drawing at an early age helps children learn and understand how ideas are communicated.
Kids begin to learn about numbers from everyday situations they can relate to.
Children learn through every experience, even helping to bring in the washing.
Smiling releases chemicals that create good feelings and stimulate brain growth.
At around 15 months, toddlers start becoming interested in dress-ups and make-believe play.
From around 8-18 months, your baby will start using their imagination in play.
Your child may look to you for support to deal with friendship conflicts or how to make friends in a new environment.
Children born with hearing difficulties can have fun learning early literacy and numeracy skills with Auslan communicators Sally & Possum.
Quality time with grandparents provides support for parents and strengthens important relationships.
Families of a child with a disability or developmental delay can access support for their child to develop skills and transition into structured education and care.
By providing a stable, loving and caring, healthy environment with early learning opportunities, parents support their child’s positive development.
Playing outdoors is great for physical and mental development.
Baby playtime can be a great time to bond, build relationships and support important mental, physical and social development.
Reading aloud to your child helps them become familiar with sounds, words and sentences, providing the early foundations for language skills and supporting early brain development.
Understanding their native language helps children feel a part of that culture and can strengthen family relationships.
Incorporating local and traditional languages into early years programs with the help of the community.
Love, attention and interesting experiences create the best conditions for you baby’s brain growth, learning and development.
Juggling the many parts of family life can be hard sometimes, but having a strong support network can help.
Genetic coding form the blueprints of a child’s development, while their environment and care influences the actual construction.
Babies and young children’s brains are able to simultaneously learn more than one language.
Understand more about the National Quality Framework and ratings for Queensland Early Childhood Education and Care services.
Make story time a part of your daily routine you both look forward to.
Every baby is different and will behave differently. Here are some things to keep in mind when managing your baby’s sleep.
Learning math, literacy, social and physical skills through play and everyday experiences.
Children’s interactions with family members, friends and community shape their understanding of the world, and their place in it
Starting kindy and playgroups can be an intense time for children, especially for families adapting to a new country, culture, language and environment.
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When little ones play, they share ideas, use communication and listening skills, engage with others, develop physically and learn knowledge about the world.
Going to kindy helps little ones have the best start to school and a great start at life.
A few things to keep in mind when taking your toddler out and about.
The Autism Hub works with parents, educators and stakeholders to ensure support for students on the Autism Spectrum is streamlined and responsive to individual needs.
Different types of play allow kids to learn in new ways.
Having parents and families involved in the kindy community makes the best experience for little ones.
Artist Vernon Ah Kee shares some ideas to support artistic curiosity and creativity in children.
Spending quality time with your child can strengthen your relationship and boost your child’s development.
Knowing when it’s safe to leave your kids at home alone.
Getting kids involved in packing up can make your life easier and help them learn.
Turn chores and routines into a game and help your child learn at home.
Telling stories is a part of culture and passing on knowledge, but did you know it also helps your child’s brain grow strong?
Having a strong connection with the community is important for kids to feel safe and welcome, so it’s great when parents and caregivers get involved in the kindy community.
As a parent, you will face new and different challenges, but you don’t need to have all the answers, all the time. It’s ok to ask for help and support when you need, and accept when it’s offered.
Encourage your child to get involved with these activities your kids love to get crafty with.
The great outdoors is full of interesting natural materials waiting to be discovered. Exploring outdoor materials provides opportunities for children to learn to care for and respect their environment.
Painting is a great way to let your child to experiment with expression and visual communication while developing important motor skills.
Get kids involved in making their own paint for craft activities.
An old favourite, try these DIY recipes to make your own playdough at home.
Your toddler will try to learn about things by putting them in their mouth.
Some tips for new dads to make the most of quality time with their baby.
Free activities, ideas and information for parents and caregivers to encourage their child to speak and listen every day.
There are many ways to create opportunities for your child to learn English before they start school.
Children learn about themselves and the world by watching and interacting with you.
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Try out some of these playtime ideas with your family.