Do these five things each time you interact with your child from the time they are born and you will help to grow a healthy, strong and confident child.
To find out more about more about each of the Five to Thrive expand the boxes below.
My brain grows better when you respond to me.
My brain works very slowly at first. But when you respond to me in the same way over and over again the connections you are helping to build grow strong. Then they can carry messages between the different parts of my brain more quickly.
My brain grows better when you cuddle me.
Before I was born I was more aware of touch than of any other sense, and I was safely held in a small space. Now I can move freely, but I still feel most safe when I am in contact with a grown up who loves me.
My brain grows better when you relax with me.
I know that having a baby is stressful. But if you can find ways to relax when you are with me, you can make a big difference to the way my brain works.
My brain grows better when you play with me.
When you play counting games, or singing games or action games, my brain builds connections that help me to make sense of the world around me and to have fun.
As I get older, playing with me and helping me to play on my own or with other children builds connections in my brain that make it possible for me to think and plan, to make sense of the world around me and to develop social skills.
My brain grows better when you talk to me.
When you talk to me I copy you. At first I can only make a few sounds, but the more you talk to me the more I can make sounds into words. I need you to tell me everything right from the start. I know nothing, so everything I learn in my life will be built on what you are teaching me now. Involve me in life by telling me about it.
All the fun activities that you do with your child at home are important in supporting their learning and development and have a long-lasting effect on your child’s learning as they progress through school or nursery or at a childminder.