In the last few weeks of our Parent & Child classes, we have explored the world of language development in babies and toddlers under the age of 3. Our weekly themes have included word repetition, letter shapes and sounds, rhyming and story telling.
But why start at such a young age? After all, a poll commissioned by Save The Children’s ‘Read On. Get On’ campaign suggested that up to 61% of parents considered the school years to be the most important learning period for children.
For us, the reason is simple. Here at The Little Gym we believe that it is never too early to introduce babies and toddlers to a wide range of learning concepts. Scientific research indicates that the early years are the most critical in developing a strong foundation for lifelong learning. In effect, they are a ‘lightbulb moment’ and the point in life where children’s brains grow and develop the most rapidly.
Failure to develop adequate language skills in the early years can result in children struggling to in the classroom and lagging behind their peers - with consequences that can last for decades.
Further information about the importance of the early years in speech and language development can be found in Save the Children and the Institute of Child Health at University College London’s 'Lighting Up Young Brains'.