Parenting

Getting it right for their age

Guidance to your child’s learning and development in the early years.

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Children and technology

Cyberpsychologist Dr Mary Aiken warns of the risk to human development posed by our obsession with cyberspace. Millions of babies round the world deprived of eye contact and proper attention, because their parents are distracted by their smartphones, could cause “an evolutionary blip”.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08tcrph

Additional Resources

Words for life
For parents to help their children develop vital communication and literacy skills from birth to age eleven.

Book Trust
The UK’s largest children’s reading charity.
https://www.booktrust.org.uk/

National Literacy Trust
A charity that aims to give children the literacy skills they need to succeed in life
https://literacytrust.org.uk/

The Communication Trust
Supporting children and young people who struggle to communicate because they have speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) as well as supporting all children and young people to communicate to the best of their ability.

https://www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk/

Family Lives
A national family support charity providing help and support in all aspects of family
www.familylives.org.uk

Parentchannel.tv
A Youtube channel full of helpful videos about learning, wellbeing and behaviour from the Family Lives charity.
https://www.youtube.com/user/parentchannelvideos

Best beginnings
A charity helping to give every child in the UK the best start in life. You can find lots of great videos on the Best beginnings video channel.
https://www.bestbeginnings.org.uk

Mumsnet
Knowledge, advice and support on everything from conception to childbirth, from babies to teenagers from other parents.
https://www.mumsnet.com

DAD.info
Lots of advice and support for fathers on how to be an involved dad.
https://www.dad.info

Kids’ behaviour
Help with dealing with children’s behaviour
http://www.kidsbehaviour.co.uk

Technology for under 5s
https://vimeo.com/165864926

Still faces
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apzXGEbZht0

Engaging play
https://vimeo.com/19098003

Sharing nursery rhymes
https://vimeo.com/18875329

Talking to your baby
https://vimeo.com/18875011

Helping your child learn All my child wants to do is draw and playhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=558KOYN7jeE

Babies learning at home
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Roy1pDhrHY

Baby brain development
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erlYxX5v1Sw

Getting dads involved
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WWUzYSJ4NA

Your child and the wider world Lifeskills for toddlers – preparing them for school
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KvJy-7Gs94

Tips for reading bedtime stories
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azRDNDQUjSk

Starting school
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_p6ibPSGNKk

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