Claire Kelly

Why playtime matters

‘Play’ is an important aspect that should be at the heart of every child’s lives as it is a vital doorway of their wellbeing, learning and educational development. Playtime is a universal activity that takes many forms with which every culture engages in. During the early years, children go through several significant stages of learning …

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The importance of child wellbeing

Children’s wellbeing is a fundamental part of their emotional, mental, social, physical, environmental and spiritual development. A healthy and balanced lifestyle during this early stage is imperative for their personal wellbeing, achieving and maintaining growth as well as a holistic approach to life. Providing opportunities to carefully support the explicit understanding of these basic human …

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5 top tips to help you improve your wellbeing

Research indicates that the development of a child’s behaviour is strongly influenced by how well the family functions. Even in times of hardship – positive behaviours can be adopted within the home to improve family wellbeing. Such as, preparing and eating healthily together is one example.

5 top tips for storytime

Why should parents focus on reading with their child? Because parental involvement in their child’s literacy practices is a more powerful force than other family background variables, such as social class, family size and level of parental education. Research shows that parents who introduce their babies to books give them a head start in school …

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Listening with your eyes

Why should parents focus on communicating with their child? Because early speech and language skills are associated with success in developing reading, writing, and interpersonal skills, both in childhood and later in life. Research shows that poorer children heard approximately 600 words per hour; whilst working-class children heard 1,200 words per hour, but interestingly, children …

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