Learning starts at home, your baby’s first teachers

Babies start learning and communicating from day one. While in the womb, an infant’s brain is already developing and this rapid development continues throughout the first years of their life.

Babies will cry, make eye contact, touch and taste things to try and understand the world around them. They also watch their parents, family members and other people, and learn through these relationships.

This is why parents and family members play such an important role in providing the initial learning opportunities for little ones. Many of the things you can do to help them to learn and develop to be strong are things that come naturally. You don’t need expensive toys or a special room to help your child learn at home.

Helping babies learn

Image Baby leans into parent, intently looking at a book as they read together

Published — 04 September 2016 Last updated — 28 August 2018

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