Welcome to the My First Five Years Articles page. Here you will find more in depth information about our 6 streams of development.
It is often thought that creativity is about the arts. This can be true of dance, sculpture, painting and drawing, for example, as these can all foster creativity. But it is also possible to be creative in scientific ways. Creative-scientific explorations can involve problem-solving, testing an idea to see if it works or is true, investigating, discovering and inventing. Creativity was traditionally thought to be limited to a special set of ‘creative’ people, however, we can all be creative given the opportunity.
Sensory development is the way in which children learn to use their senses to explore the world around them and the way that they use information from their senses to help them to move, balance and respond to their needs. As children grow, they will use their senses of vision, touch, taste, smell, hearing, proprioception (sense of their body), vestibular sense (balance) and interoception (awareness of sensations inside their body) to explore and learn about themselves and the world around them.
Fine Motor Skills are the skills that develop following on from the progression of gross motor movements. Fine motor skills involve intricate, more defined actions that require manual dexterity such as picking things up between a finger and thumb, wriggling toes and even the manipulation of lips and tongue.
It is common for children to develop skills at varying rates. Even siblings can hit milestones at different stages of development from one another.
A relationship-based approach to childcare is one that is founded on a strong relationship between the child, childcare provider, and their family in order to support the best possible development outcome for the child.
Speech and language development is a huge part of early childhood. However, tracking and supporting this skill area may feel difficult for parents who are deaf.