The first five years of a child's life are an exciting and important time.
Children change and develop at this stage at a fast rate.
Experiences they have often influence their personality and behaviour for the rest of their lives.
This book describes how children learn and develop during their preschool years and what kinds of things influence or encourage that development.
Chapters cover basic information on children's growth physically, emotionally, socially and cognitively and some common developmental problems and possible solutions.
There is information on finding groups and activities for parents/carers and preschool children to attend together: from fun story time or toddler groups to activities that may enhance your child's communication, concentration and co-ordination skills - and where to find out what is on offer in your area.
Parents looking for childcare and nursery education will find the chapters on the many different types useful.
Chapters include information on how to select the right care or nursery for your child, what children learn in an early years setting, meeting the cost and finding ways to help your child settle and adjust to being away from you. Advice for parents with children with special needs is also included.
Information on how to best prepare your child for starting formal full-time school looks at how you and your child can approach this important milestone together.
Author: Hilary Hawkes