Supporting positive brain development in early childhood; tips and tactics


You can help support positive brain development in your child through your daily interactions with them. Create a safe and supportive environment for them, to provide for the optimal wellbeing and development of their brains. A safe and secure environment is one in which people are treated with care and respect. Children’s physical and emotional needs are given appropriate levels of warm and responsive care. You can further build a positive and strong relationship with your child by showing an interest in their thoughts and feelings and by being inclusive of diverse cultures, personalities and interests.

You can also help children develop their social and emotional skills to manage their own behaviour. Provide them with opportunities to learn about their own emotions and the emotions of others. Model the behaviour you wish to see in your child and help them manage their behaviour by being clear about any rules and expectations, and guiding them to manage any strong emotions they may experience, such as anger or frustration.

Supporting children’s positive brain development also involves acknowledging and playing to their strengths. Find out your child’s interests and passions and plan activities that cater to these, to give them an opportunity to shine.

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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