Making the early years count
Did you know 90 per cent of a child’s brain development takes place in the first five years?
Babies and young children are developing both physically and mentally at a rapid rate in the early years. They are learning every day, through every experience. From day one, parents and families play a vital role in providing love, attention and interesting experiences to stimulate a child’s development. As a parent, you are your child’s first teacher, and there are so many ways to make the early years count.
On The Early Years Count home page you can find information and activities specific to your child and family, based on age, relationship, location and activity preferences. If you’d prefer to look around and see what else is here, you can check out the five ways to get started for tips and information on supporting your child’s early learning and development through play, care, encouragement, numeracy (read & count) and literacy (talk & listen) or sort by age to find content relevant to your child.
Benefits of early years experiences
By the age of three, a child’s brain has more synapses (connections) than at any other time in their life. Brain development in the early years builds the foundations for all future brain development in a person’s life.
Experiences in the early years also shape a child’s understanding of themselves and the world around them. Their physical, mental and emotional development is greatly influenced by experiences and supported by their relationships with family members in the early years.
The Department of Education (DoE) Early Childhood Community Engagement (ECCE) Division promotes the importance of positive care for children in the early years. The Early Years Count website is designed to give parents information and helpful tips to support their child’s development in the early years. From learning about how to communicate with your baby to the importance of playtime or knowing what to look for in a quality kindy service provider.
ECCE is responsible for approving, licensing and regulating early childhood education and care services in Queensland. This includes long day care, kindy services, playgroups and more, supporting successful transitions for children and families, from the home to early childhood education and school.
The division also drives national early childhood education and care reforms in Queensland, including the National Quality Framework (NQF), providing universal access to early childhood development and Indigenous early childhood development.
ECCE funds services and invests in evidence-based programs to support early learning and development.
For more information, visit the DoE Early Childhood website.
Spending quality time with your child can strengthen your relationship and boost your child’s development.
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.
Having a go at writing and drawing at an early age helps children learn and understand how ideas are communicated.