Babies

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Play through the eyes of the child

Crawl on the floor, hide behind a shelf, play peekaboo with a colleague or friend. Harken back to those days when you could sprawl, wriggle, stretch, build dens under tables, and giggle. Regain a child’s perspective, at least for a few moments.

“Early years practitioners would tend to agree with Froebel (1782-1852) that play is the child’s way of learning about and understanding the world around them,” write Karen McInnes and Nicola Birdsey. “Therefore, as practitioners, how can we fully understand the child’s world without seeing it through their eyes?” Read more.

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Learning through music

Grant, five months old, attends a nursery where the staff and children love to sing. One day his key worker lost her voice, and she noticed that Grant was fussy and discontented.

“We have all experienced crying, fussy, or sick children in our care who become calm when quality instrumental music is played. They are listening!” writes Elizabeth Carlton, music consultant at High/Scope Educational Research Foundation.

“If we sing to our three- and four-year-olds, we will probably be asked to sing the song again…and again. Many listening experiences during the first two years of life are necessary before children actually sing or talk with us…Songs, instruments, and instrumental music are wonderful ways to develop children’s listening skills and awareness of different words and musical pitches.” Read the article

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Understanding and encouraging toddler play

Toddlers are more complex than we often give them credit for. What better way to learn about how toddlers think than by watching them play? Kay Albrecht has worked with young children for many years and has a way of inspiring others to observe the wonderful world of "toddlerhood."

Read this article on observing and enabling toddlers' play.

Letting babies lie in

Letting babies lie in

What better way to start the day than waking up in your own good time and lying cosily in bed until you are ready to get up? Isn't that why we all look forward to Sundays?

That's why babies prefer to sleep in a bed that they can access themselves like a Dream Coracle. They can crawl in when they feel like snuggling down, and wake as gradually as they want!

P.S. Watch this video to see how one nursery allows babies to choose when to sleep.

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Babies are scientists

Science is about making and testing hypotheses. This is what infants do all the time! They are continually experimenting and asking “What if” in actions rather than words. The first time a baby knocks a cup from the highchair, it’s an accident. Next time, it’s on purpose to check if the falling cup will cause the same intriguing splash on the floor and the same exciting noise from mum!

As long as these little investigators are surrounded by interesting things and as long as they feel secure, they will continue to investigate and learn. Their active brains have a lot to process. No wonder they sleep so soundly at the end of the day.

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