Children arrive in the world ready to learn – even as small babies, they are curious about what is going on around them, watching, listening and taking in the different cues and stimulation in their environment. The brain develops rapidly during the first 5 years of a child’s life and the right stimulation plays a huge role in feeding both their capacity and love for learning.
So what does a good early learning environment look like? While researching the SmartStart curriculum, we identified five really important activities that we are encouraging and supporting in the SmartStart programme:
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