Language, learning and play
Did you know? All children learn more in the period from birth to five years old than any other time in their life.
For your child to get the best start they need to be able to speak and communicate well-Language and communication skills are the building blocks of all learning. They also need to be curious, be able to explore the world and be able to make sense of numbers.
They will learn and develop these skills through playing, exploring, being active, being creative and being asked questions to help their thinking.
Your child takes everything in, and even the smallest things you do with them can make a big difference. Your child will learn best through loving caring relationships
All children have different needs and abilities. If you’re worried about your child or you have any questions about their development, you can ask your Health Visitor, early years setting, or call in at a Start Well site.
Check how your baby or child is getting on with their speech, language and communication development using the ICAN progress checker.
Getting ready for school
Getting ready for school starts before birth and continues to the age of 5. Being ‘school ready’ means that your child is ready to take part in learning experiences when they start primary school. This encourages children to become lifelong learners.
How can I support my child?
Your child will love it when you chat, play, sing and read with them, even when they’re too young to understand everything!
What to do if you think your child has a hearing loss or a vision impairment.