At My School Child and Kindergarten’s we know  and understand that the early years count

Did you know 90 per cent of a child’s brain development takes place in the first five years?

Babies and young children are developing both physically and mentally at a rapid rate in the early years. They are learning every day, through every experience.  From day one, parents and families play a vital role in providing love, attention and interesting experiences to stimulate a child’s development.  As a parent, you are your child’s first teacher, and there are so many ways to make the early years count.

On The Early Years Count home page you can find information and activities specific to your child and family, based on age, relationship, location and activity preferences. If you’d prefer to look around and see what else is here, you can check out the five ways to get started for tips and information on supporting your child’s early learning and development through play, care, encouragement, numeracy (read & count) and literacy (talk & listen) or sort by age to find content relevant to your child.

Benefits of early years experiences

By the age of three, a child’s brain has more synapses (connections) than at any other time in their life. Brain development in the early years builds the foundations for all future brain development in a person’s life.

Experiences in the early years also shape a child’s understanding of themselves and the world around them. Their physical, mental and emotional development is greatly influenced by experiences and supported by their relationships with family members in the early years.