Five ways to make the early years count

Help your child develop in the early years through Play, Care, Talk & Listen, Read & Count and Encourage.


Playtime is an opportunity to learn and try out new skills while having fun.

Play helps children learn about themselves and the world around them. Children need different kinds of play opportunities from birth to use their imagination, learn and practice skills.

Check out some of these tips and ideas to help your child develop important physical, social and emotional wellbeing and skills needed to thrive in later years.


Children have the best chance at learning when they are physically, emotionally and mentally healthy.

Healthy habits start in the early years. Kids learn about emotions, what to eat, how to act and how to treat others from you.

Providing a balanced home life and supporting your child can help them find it easier to adapt to different environments, make friends, concentrate and manage their emotions.

Talk & listen

Children build language skills through listening and being involved in conversations.

Being able to communicate helps children make sense of their world, clearly communicate their needs and understand others.

It’s never too early to start communicating with your child and there are many different ways to include talking and listening in your day-to-day routines.

Read & count

Learning the basics of literacy and numeracy at an early age sets up children to enjoy learning throughout their lives.

These skills help children to understand things by building links and organising information into concepts.

Learning the basics through reading, playing games, counting and talking from an early age teaches children basic concepts and prepares them for life.


Children are able to deal with change and new experiences well when they feel safe, confident and happy.

Having strong and supportive relationships from a young age helps children develop self-confidence and important social skills.

Children look to their family for support, and there are many different ways you can help your child emotionally and make them feel safe, check out these tips and ideas.

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