images-42Our understanding of the brain has increased in recent years as technology has improved and research conducted. Much of this has been directed towards developing teaching and learning within our schools, however there has been an increasing awareness that the early years of development can have an immense formative effect upon the development of a person and the information is being increasingly applied to the age range 0 to 3.

This course shares current understanding of the anatomy of the brain and links it to developing and nurturing the young child.

Delegates on this course will:

•  Learn how the young child’s brain builds connections and how this is
important in the foundation of learning

•  Consider practical strategies and approaches to develop these connections
at an early age

•  Learn about the stages of development in 0 -3’s

•  Learn about developing all the senses

•  Look at influences upon brain development

•  Consider how do we influence social / emotional development; language /
communication development; memory development and physical development

•  How do we encourage and develop thinking

•  How individuals and organisations can support each other for the benefit
of 0 – 3’s.

This course is for anyone involved in the care of babies and young children, people such as trainers, care professionals and parents. It gives those caring for babies the information and skills that allows them to make choices about the type of care and nurture that they give. We use an interactive enquiry based approach to get delegates thinking about what they do and encourage sharing of practice and development of practice.

The course is 10 to 12 hours in length and can be completed in 6, 3 or 2 hour modules. The course will be tailored to the needs of the individuals and organisations involved.

Developing Babies Brains can contribute to the Every Child Matters agenda in the following ways:

•  It can help children to be physically, emotionally and mentally healthy

•  It helps children to be safe and to be ready for school

•  And it can help parents, voluntary and community organisations to develop
the above in children and young people.

Further Reading

For recommendations as to the best books for background reading

Developing Babies Brains Books
Little Angels
Dr Tanya Byron and S. Baveystock

Baby Minds
Linda Acredolo and Susan Goodwyn
An excellent guide for parents and child care practitioners, based upon the most up to date knowledge about how babies discover the world. An easy read

Brain Child
Tony Buzan

The Parenting Puzzle
Candida Hunt