Key Concepts 1. Respect each child is unique 2. Maximize sensitive periods during development 3. First 6 years most critical 4. Allow children to t...
Early childhood development relies on a consistent interaction (serve and return) between child and caregiver. New neural connections form as a child instinctively "serves" through babbling, moving arms and legs, pointing, words, and facial gestures, and the caregiver responds in a meaningful way.
Even before children learn to walk or talk, they learn about the world around them through their natural ability to play. Children who are still in the early stages of infancy start to learn and make essential connections by playing games, singing songs, and exploring their surroundings. When children learn through play, they reap many benefits, including strengthening vital skills like communication, critical thinking, social awareness, and much more. The best thing about learning through play is it develops the whole child.
The brain architecture comprises millions of connections, which allow for high-speed communication across neurons that focus on different brain functions. However, because the first few years are the most active in developing these new neural connections, caregivers must provide adequate care so the child can form a strong foundation for essential skills later in life.