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Growing and learning in the family

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The first and most important learning in a child’s life happens within the family. Children learn from the way people treat them and what they see, hear and experience from as soon as they are born. Between birth and five years, and especially to three years, children grow and learn at the fastest rate of their life.

Parents and those who care for children have a great opportunity in these early years to help shape children’s learning, long before they start school. Children are natural learners from birth. They learn by watching, listening and especially by doing.

All children go through similar stages of learning and development. There are differences between children at each stage, and differences in the length of time it takes children to move from stage to stage.

Parenting SA has developed a Parent Easy Guide called Growing and learning in the family
which has lots of ideas about this, and how families can support their children's learning.

Parenting SA is a partnership between the Department for Education and Child Development and the Women’s and Children’s Health Network in South Australia.
Ph: 08 8303 1660 
https://www.decd.sa.gov.au/parenting-and-child-care/parenting/parenting-sa 

Parent Easy Guides are free in South Australia.

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