Principle 1

Principle 1

The early years set the foundation for lifelong learning, behaviour, health and well-being.

What the Experts say

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  • The path for lifelong learning, behaviour, health, and well-being is shaped by day-to-day experiences in early life.
  • The basic structure of the brain is determined by genetics. The brain's architecture is shaped by a child's interactions and relationships with parents and other significant people in their lives.
  • Early brain development is stimulated through experiences and interactions with responsive adults.
  • A child's ability to regulate emotions, behaviours and attention increases over time, in step with maturity, experience, and responsive relationships.

Principles Into Practice

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Are you building a solid foundation? Thinking of your own everyday experiences and practices, consider these questions:

  • What is your view of children?
  • How do you engage with children? Are your interactions responsive and positive?
  • How do you support the development of self-regulation skills?
  • Do day-to-day experiences that you provide engage the children and challenge their thinking?
  • How do you make experiences and interactions meaningful to each child, based on their unique abilities, interests and life experiences?

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