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We have joined up with our friends at Bloomsbury publishing to bring you a unique book bundle every month in 2022.
To kick start the year we have a great package that includes books ‘For building strong bodies’.
At My First Five Years, we have talked about how we talk about children’s behaviour, especially about tantrums and the words we use to describe these behaviours. Sometimes the word tantrum leads to a series of thoughts that leads to quite a negative view of this aspect of development. Although we all agree that our children’s tantrums can be difficult for us as parents, we think that this period of development is positive and shows us some really important steps in our children’s development. In this blog, I will look in more detail at what is happening for your child when they have a tantrum, and how you can support them during this step in their development.
Outdoor play can provide many rich learning opportunities for young children. It can include places to explore, new experiences and can help in the development of many skills, including social and emotional development.
The great outdoors is one of the best resources for developing creative play in young children. There are many areas outdoors that can be explored with your child, including your very own back garden!
As a parent, it can feel like there is constant pressure to spend money on toys for children. The choices when it comes to what toys are best for your child are impossibly endless, too. Is it better to opt for only wooden toys, or is plastic actually pretty fantastic?
Becoming a parent is hard. Part of what makes it hard is the unrealistic narrative about what parenthood should look like or feel like. Right from the start you may be aware of the expectations of others around your behaviour and your child’s behaviour, from people you know well, or even people you don’t know at all. This may come in the form of advice such as;
Here at My First Five Years, we pride ourselves on having expert knowledge about every part of a child’s development. We have found that one of the most important parts of development to understand is ‘cognitive development’, also known as ‘the way that children think’.
We talk a lot in the ‘My First Five Years’ team, reflecting on the thoughts and questions raised by our wonderful and growing parent community. These conversations shape our vision, as we articulate and agree our values and shared hopes for our My First Five Years community. There was one particular discussion that gained momentum quickly, as our My First Five Years founder, Alistair laid down the question; “Children’s parties, what do we think…?
Here at My First Five Years, we are book obsessed and we know that you as parents love to read to your children, but sometimes find it difficult to buy books they will love. Therefore, in this blog post we are going to be exploring books that you and your child can enjoy reading outside.
Newborn babies just seem to cry, eat and sleep don’t they? We know children learn a lot during the first five years of their life, and we are here to help you enjoy, support and follow your child’s individual journey. But does your newborn know more than they can show you? In this blog, we will briefly explore some of what researchers think newborn babies know and what this tells us about how they learn.