What else shapes the first five years of a child’s development?


Apart from a child’s relationships with parents and carers, and the things that they see, hear, touch, smell and taste, there are a number of other things that shape the first five years of a child’s development.

Genetics also plays a part in a child’s wellbeing and development. So too does healthy eating, as healthy food gives children the energy and nutrients they need to survive and thrive. The food they eat in the first few years of their life helps develop their sense of taste and can set up the foundations for healthy eating for the rest of their life.

Physical activity also helps play a part in a child’s development. It develops their motor skills, gets them moving, helps them think and gives them an opportunity to explore their world.

Physical activity also affects the health of a child, as it has been scientifically proven that physical activity improves our overall health. The health of a child can affect their development, too. We all get sick, and these illnesses don’t necessarily cause long-term problems, however, if children have chronic illnesses during their childhood, this can affect their development, and if so it is important to speak to medical professionals for the best support.

The Wishing Well foundation

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

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

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:



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