There are many things you can do at home to help your child grow and develop.
One of the most effective ways is through play based learning – using a variety of playful methods to encourage your child to use their imagination and develop skills.
Some ways to contribute to your child’s learning through play:
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These are some examples of the different activities suitable for a wide range of children’s ages. Every child is different and develops at their own pace, so please choose carefully which activity is appropriate for your child.
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Routines – we all need them but they don’t have to be strict and boring. They can help families be organised and set aside free time to spend together and have fun.
Daily routines help everyone to get ready e.g. bath time, bedtime, dinner time. They help teach children healthy habits like brushing their teeth, washing their hands after using the toilet, and so on. Then there are weekly routines for things like chores e.g. cleaning their room and taking the rubbish out.
Giving your child an important job to do in your family routine will help them to manage time better and develop basic work skills and a sense of responsibility.
Maintaining consistent routines at home as well as in child care and preschool is important for a range of reasons.
See our fact sheet on building strong links between home and child care or preschool here.
One of the best ways to stop infections spreading is by washing and drying your hands. You can support your child’s personal hygiene skills by encouraging them to develop good habits. Here is some simple hygiene rules you can follow to maintain a hygienic environment at home:
This method is recommended by the National Health and Medical Research Council:
Sometimes reading through all the useful information isn’t enough. Sometimes you need to talk to people who have been there or are about to start on their own journey.
Our Starting Blocks Facebook page is a forum where parents can collaborate and share useful tips with other parents and family members who also follow our page.