The Role of Relationships and Environment in Child Development
Millions of neural connections form during a child’s first five years of life. This is the period when the rate of brain development is at its fastest. As a result, the first five years of a person’s life has a huge role in his/her learning and success.
As parents, how do we optimise that brain development and help our kids best positioned for success? Most likely you’ve already read or heard countless tips about properly raising a child. The information can be overwhelming and sometimes contradictory. How do we know where to focus and is there a useful framework so we can be sure we’re doing it right?
Role of relationships and environment in child development
To avoid overwhelm and make sure we’re doing it right, it’s good to focus on two important things. First, it’s about the relationships (whether at home, outside or learning centre). Second is about making sure our kids are in the right and optimal environment.
Why are relationships important? Notice that during the kids’ early years they require constant supervision, care and companionship. This means they’ll be with other people (you included) most of the time. As a result, the child’s brain development is being heavily influenced by how people interact with the child and how people interact with one another as well. Also, the earliest experiences and examples can have a huge impact on how the child sees the world and what to expect from it.
It’s always good to make your child feel loved and cared for. This can be in the form of always reminding him/her that the world is a safe and secure place. They need the stability in this very noisy and unpredictable world outside of the womb.
What about the role of the environment? The environment consists of both people and objects. The neighbourhood and local community influence how kids develop mentally, socially and even physically (presence of local parks and playgrounds). Also, the environment should support exploration and good behaviour in the first place. After all, an orderly environment inspires orderly behaviour as well.
Although we don’t have full control of our neighbourhood and local community, we can still take huge steps by making sure our homes inspire good behaviour and optimal development. We can also choose the right environment by carefully selecting the early learning centre where our kids will be staying and forming the foundations of their learning.
Many parents choose us here at Star Academy Kids Early Learning Centre because of our excellent environment and facilities. Here we help kids develop a strong sense of Belonging, Being and Becoming by providing a warm, friendly and safe environment that encourage play, fun and exploration. Contact us today if you want to learn more about our approach.