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In Child’s Development, the First Five YEARS Matter the Most!

Here is what a few credible world class institutions say about the significance of the first 5 years:

The United States CDC:

“The early years of a child’s life are very important for his or her health and development. Healthy development means that children of all abilities, including those with special health care needs, are able to grow up where their social, emotional and educational needs are met. Having a safe and loving home and spending time with family―playing, singing, reading, and talking―are very important. Proper nutrition, exercise, and sleep also can make a big difference.”

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF):

“Children’s brains are built, moment by moment, as they interact with their environments. In the first few years of life, more than one million neural connections are formed each second – a pace never repeated again. The quality of a child’s early experiences makes a critical difference as their brains develop, providing either strong or weak foundations for learning, health and behaviour throughout life.”

The Australian Parenting website, Raisingchildren.net.au:

“In the first five years of life, experiences and relationships stimulate children’s development, creating millions of connections in their brains. In fact children’s brains develop connections faster in the first five years than at any other time in their lives. This is the time when the foundations for learning, health and behaviour throughout life are laid down.”

Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University:

“Healthy development in the early years (particularly birth to three) provides the building blocks for educational achievement, economic productivity, responsible citizenship, lifelong health, strong communities, and successful parenting of the next generation.

In short, the significance of child development in the first 5 years is solidly established throughout the world. Thus, as a community, but especially as the parents, teachers and caregivers of young children we must do our best and most to provide children with an interactive high quality attention, care and education in a safe and nurturing environment.”