The importance of the first five years of a child’s development; a short guide
The first five years of a child’s life are the most vital, in terms of their development; how they grow physically and emotionally, and how they learn to communicate, think and socialise. In the first five years of life, a child’s brain develops more, and faster, than at any other time in their life. It is through your relationship with your child that you will find to be one of the most important influences on your child’s learning and development. In these first years, a child’s main way of learning and developing is through play.
Relationships are the most important experiences in your child’s environment because they teach them the most about the world around them, they shape the way they see the world, they learn whether the world is safe and secure, whether they are loved, who loves them, what happens when they cry, laugh or make a face, and much more.
Play gives children an opportunity to explore, observe, experiment, solve problems and learn from mistakes. Lots of time spent playing, talking, listening and interacting with you helps your child learn the skills they need for life. These skills include communicating, thinking, solving problems, moving and being with other people and children.
The Wishing Well foundation
The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment.
Support the Wishing Well
The Wishing Well uses its funds to help children in need access all manners of developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments. The Wishing Well takes referrals for any child/young person in out-of-home care in NSW. Applications are assessed by qualified personnel and on a case-by-case basis. The decision to fund an application is affected by the following:
- Funding availability
- The support the child/young person has to access the proposed therapies
- The capacity and willingness of the Carer Household to support the child/young person
- Assessment, which recommends and supports the proposed therapy as relevant to meeting the particular needs of the child/young person