Last updated on November 3rd, 2017 at 08:33 am
Early practice: early childhood support for babies and toddlers
Pre-development is part of the concepts that many parents already face before birth. To give their child the best possible development opportunities, many experienced parents, as well as experts, advise their children early on.
But what does that mean? And what kind of support is needed to offer the child a very good chance of development as early as possible?
Playfully promote rather than overwhelm
There are mothers who have a bad conscience when their baby visits only one or no baby course. Other mothers take time and organizational stress into account to achieve as many possibilities as possible.
Of course, it is right and also developmentally psychologically proved that the first years of a child’s life are significant for its development.
The brain develops particularly intensively and rapidly in the time after birth. Some skills, such as language development, can only be perfected in special timeframes. The almost easy learning of a foreign language is only possible up to the seventh year of life, for example.
The requirements and impressions also determine the later performance within the first 3 to 6 years.
Against this background, it is self-evident that a child’s environment offers as many development incentives as possible. Baby and toddler training courses can be useful if you are perceived to the right degree and playfully lead the next generation to new learning requirements.
However, they should not overstretch the parents regarding their life and time scheduling or the children regarding the wealth of impressions. If your child does not feel comfortable with the tasks or the environment of a sponsoring course, then it should in no way be forced to participate. This can have a negative impact on future learning situations.
By the way, also playing at home, outdoors in nature, the casual encounter with other babies and children, as well as the everyday interaction with each other, you should conceive as an important part of the early promotion. Make the most of your free play without structures and borders before you start looking for early-course courses. Do not determine the rules of play, but follow the ideas and interests (as far as possible and safe) of your child.
As long as your child experiences exciting incentives and is given the opportunity to communicate and to shape his environment as well as to have enough time to deal with exciting things and tasks, he learns and develops it further.
Therefore, try to pay attention to the rhythm and tempo of your child, which is shown in the various playing and life situations. Rushing from one-course term to another often leads to a sense of overflow, overburdening, and frustration among parents and children alike.
The decision for regular baby and child support programs should, therefore, be based on the temporal possibilities and the sleeping and resting habits of the child. Also, you should choose only where both the child and the parent are comfortable.
Certainly, you can observe in your own family or other families that children with siblings develop in some points faster than single children. Competence development in the field of social cohesion often benefits from this.
Parent-child crawl groups offer an exciting space for small children to get in contact with other small children. Guided by course leaders, parents are encouraged and get answers to questions about the development of their little ones.
The exchange among each other is also very pleasant for many parents provided the chemistry is right between all parties involved.
Special exercise courses for babies: PEKiP, Babyschwimmen & Co.
Body and movement experiences are particularly important for babies and can also be excellently promoted with some courses. To them, for example, the “Prague-parent-child program” (PEKiP), in which babies in the first year of life through special exercises include motorized be promoted.
Even baby swimming lessons and from the first year of life “parent-child gymnastics” to have a positive effect on the perception of one’s body as well as the gross and fine motor development. But this is only valid as long as all the participants have fun and the course management is professionally trained accordingly. A visit to the park, forest, swimming pool or on the playground often offers the same opportunities to promote motor development as a guided and structured course.
Language courses for toddlers
The learning of foreign languages is particularly easy in the preschool age. Therefore, it can be quite useful to promote this with a language course suitable for small children. This can not convey a complete language competence in the kindergarten age but gives many children later a very good sense of language.
Many children with foreign language experiences also find it easier to express themselves in the first unusual language of other languages. To learn a language without an accent and comprehensive, language researchers recommend the registration in a multilingual nursery school or the daily care by a foreign language aupair.
Language experts recommend language courses for toddlers only three years, since the (but rare) danger that the mother tongue language system will be mixed with the new language.
Conclusion: Promoting yes, but with joy
The time with a baby and toddler is associated with so many development steps that many parents have a lot of fun to promote as much as possible. Special baby and toddler classes are a very good opportunity, as long as they are not associated with time and organization stress as well as overloading for babies, children and parents and the time for free, unstructured playing is not neglected.