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What to expect when 246What to expect, when?

A publication of 4Children

It is widely recognised the vital role that parents have in supporting their children’s learning and development. Parents need to know what to expect in relation to their child’s development through the different age bands of early years.

What to expect, when? is a simple guide which takes parents through the expectations of each age band and how they can support their children’s learning and development.

Children develop more rapidly during the first five years of their lives than at any other time. This booklet has been written to help parents by focusing on seven areas of learning and development. A child’s first five years have been divided up into six age bands which overlap. This is because every child is different and children do not grow and develop at the same rate. It highlights what a parent might notice a child is doing at these points.

Children learn and develop through playing, exploring, being active, creative and being asked questions to help their thinking. After each age band, examples are given of some ideas and tips as to how a parent can help a child’s learning and development.

One way of using this booklet could be to use it as a reference - see what a child can do or use it as a prompt to explore and try new things.

This publication is available to download as a free pdf from Foundation Years.

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A publication of 4Children, 19/10/2016

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