Babies are receptive to open minded learning and are more connected in the brain than adults, mainly due to more neural pathway’s being available in the young brain than in the adult brain. As we get older our brains strengthen in the areas most often used and weaken in areas that don’t get used as much, basically much like exercising the body. Apparently this shift in open – mindedness is a neurological reality and we can become habitual and set in our ways, which is why change can become challenging but not impossible in later life. At Circus Day Nursery we encourage stimulation in young babies by planning focused activities, which promote cognitive development. Personal, social, emotional and behavioural development activities are designed so babies come together to participate in the same activity, encouraging social interaction, experiencing different expressions, bonding with their peers and sharing.
When children of similar age are brought together in this way they are able to observe and learn from each other, whilst our trained practitioners stimulate their learning experiences by providing equipment, tools and resources that promote exploration, curiosity and engagement. This month, babies have been coming together in joint activities such as paddling pool play involving water games, exploring the texture of pumpkins and table play using shaving foam and papier-mâché.
Communication and language is promoted using clear repetitive speech, songs and rhymes, signing and the use of flash cards, and facial expression throughout the day. Body language is the first and foremost way of communication with voice tone being second. The babies have been enjoying the practitioners singing ‘if your happy and you know it’ and the ‘wheels on the bus’ during the past month, and are now recognising patterns of repetition and joining in with their own forms of communication when practitioners pause during each song. This progression is, also referred to as scaffolding allows children to develop learning experiences.
Physical development is supported by the practitioners maintaining high levels of interaction with the babies, stimulating them to seek further challenges. By setting up engaging activities allowing children to be inquisitive, it promotes both gross and fine motor skill development. The babies have experienced hand and feet painting, texture play with different sources, such as glitter, paint, glue, cotton wool and sand, using various implements for stamping prints.
We hope you have enjoyed this topic shared by the team of Baby Suite Staff, Trina, Becky and Michelle and collated by Hayley, our Early Years Professional.