My Childs Imprint Years
Did you know 90% of your child’s brain development by the age of three?
Our ability to understand brain development through neuroscience has changed dramatically. Over the last 20 years this has accelerated at a significant pace. The information on brain, child development was never previously available and so accessible.
However the disappointing aspect is that the information is not shared more publicly. If 90% of your child’s brain development occurs in the first 3 years, shouldn’t ever parent know this? This for me would be tax dollars well spent.
None the less, this means the role of the parents, carers, day care centres and early education centres is critical to our childs development. We need to not only be conscious of this, but create curriculums that develop each and ever child in a variety of areas.
A paper written by Pam Winter, P.H.D Early Childhood Services, Department of Education and Children’s Services, South Australia, March 2010, clearly highlights the need for development in all aspects of learning.
Pam highlights in the paper the “the first five years that matter a lifetime." The number of areas that are cited as critical to your child’s development is good nutrition, health, and exercise. Our children are born with ability to learn and absorb information like a sponge.
The greater the exposure they have to learning opportunities, good nutrition, exercise, safe, loving environment, will considerably and measurably help with their brain development.
As you would expect children who feel safe and secure, are more comfortable in expressing themselves and trying new things. So your little one is doing more, they are learning more. And “Play more than any other activity promotes healthy development of children”.
We have never had the opportunity to understand the human brain more than we do today. The advances in Neuroscience in the last 20 years is nothing short of breathtaking.
However the question is how can we use this knowledge to help our children to become all they can be.
The first part of the answer start’s hear. It starts with awareness, sharing this information with every parent we come in contact with, our friends, extended family and colleagues.
We all need to be aware that the first 3 years, are the imprint years and will matter to our little ones for the rest of their life. Making sure they have the right nutrition, exercise, and feel safe and secure, will go a long way to helping them develop well.
They are sponges, they are our children, and they will be our future.
There is honestly too much information on this area to include in one post, however, we will continue to write on this subject in the hope that this knowledge is shared now and often.
But for now the things we would love you to note are;
- 90% of brain development happens in the first 3 years
- Children learn the most through play
- They learn best in a safe and secure environment
- Good health, nutrition, and exercise are critical
We would love to know if you were aware of this?