Written by Dr Tessa Grigg and Bindy Cummings
Teacher training for parents is not something we spend time thinking about when we have a little new baby and sleep deprivation is a feature of our new world. However, as your child develops and establishes some routines, you will start to see what an important role you are playing in their development. You are your child’s first and most important teacher. There is an exciting and enormous amount of brain growth that can go on in these early years if children are given appropriate learning opportunities and the opportunity to use their brain.
Nature vs nurture has been debated for many years regarding children’s development. The current thinking is that nature maps out the blueprint or rough design, but nurture has a profound effect on the expression of that design. The environment provided for children needs to include stability, constancy and daily interactions, particularly physical. Babies who have the right movement experiences in their early years have better coordination, concentration, memory, behaviour and perception as they get older. In addition, they have improved confidence, communication and socialisation skills.
Knowledge gives parents power and confidence in their teaching role. Finding good sources of information to help parents is something we take very seriously at GymbaROO-KindyROO. We believe that every parent has a right and the need to have access to this important information. We also strongly believe that every child deserves the right to be able to learn easily and successfully. For these reasons, we invest time and resources into making sure our parents have current research-based information.
Teachers are well known for gathering resources and having good sources of information. GymbaROO-KindyROO teachers can be a fountain of knowledge and support for parents. It is great to be able to have your questions answered and the teachers have the backing of a team of experienced early-childhood professionals for anything they may not know. A GymbaROO-KindyROO class is a place where parents gather ideas and information about how they can support development. For some people, these classes are face-to-face and for others they are online. We enjoy being part of a team that supports children’s development, knowing that we are helping nature’s design by informing and nurturing parents who in turn nurture their children.
If you are interested in gathering more information to enhance the role you have as your child’s first teacher [https://www.gymbaroo.com.au/find-a-gymbaroo-centre/] We welcome you to our GymbaROO-KindyROO classes.