At all of our day care facilities in the Perth area, we help your children develop by learning through play. We have a plethora of play-based learning opportunities which ensure that every child finds multiple ways to develop.
Because we are so good at what we do, we are often asked what parents can do to help their children develop at home. While we think being in the company of other children is essential for social development, there is still a lot parents can do to help their children develop at home.
Beyond Child Care: Home Activities for Development
The most important thing you can do as a parent to help your child develop is to just be there with your child as much as possible. You are the most important person in the world to your child during the preschooler years. Your child will try to emulate you in every way. Even when they are old enough to consciously rebel against you, they are subconsciously emulating you. That is why being a role model is so much more effective than “do as I say, not as I do.”
When you are with your child, have fun and be playful. Talk to your child like an equal. These will create bonding and healthy habits. Be sure to teach your child to play safe games that will help decision making and encourage learning.
Home Activities for You and Your Child
It is important to be active. A great way to do this is to take your child to the playground where they can interact with nature. They can run, crawl and jump in the grass, splash in puddles and climb on the playground equipment. At home, you can find things together to do like making an obstacle course, playing catch or kicking a ball.
Games are a great way to develop motor skills and problem solving skills. Games like hide and seek and hopscotch, and animal games like walking like an elephant may seem like “child’s play,” but they help development in many subtle ways.
You can also encourage your child to build creative objects out of building blocks, like a train, a house or a car. These develop abstract thinking. You can also let your child blow bubbles outdoors and predict how far or how high they are going to go. Have your child paint or draw and ask them what they are painting or drawing. Ask them to tell a story about the painting.
Possibly the best creative play is to let your child use household objects or even rubbish like empty boxes or old toilet paper and paper towel rolls to construct whatever they want. Anything that gets them to use their imagination develops the right side of their brain.
Learning on the Sly
When your child reaches school age, they will have to work at learning. But when they are young, play always works the best. There are numerous things you and your child can do to help them develop rudimentary numerical skills. For example, on the way to the store, have your child count mailboxes or a certain colour car or truck, such as green trucks. When it’s time to pay at the store, let your child help count the money.
Let your child feed duck at the pond and ask how many ducks there are. Take your child with you everywhere you possibly can and have fun. They will learn more by accident than they may learn in school later. It will also be great for developing a deep bond with your child.
Reading and Vocabulary
If you read to your child and also tell stories on a regular basis, your child will pick up on the words that are used. We advocate talking to babies and toddlers like they understand everything you say. Even in their pre-speech and pre-reading years, their brains are processing more information than you are as an adult.
For Day Care in Perth
Ultimately, your child will learn a lot in a day care centre but can learn even more at home. To enquire about day care, contact your nearest Cuddles Childcare Centre in the Perth area. Contact information is at the bottom of the page or the “contact us” link on the navigation bar.