A new Start for Life campaign has been launched to support parents to further their child’s early development.
The Little Moments Together campaign provides free resources and advice to help parents use everyday moments, such as going the shops or waiting for the bus, to further their child’s development.
New findings have revealed that 83% of parents are unaware that their child’s brain is 90% grown by the age of five, shedding light on a critical gap in parents’ understanding of the impact they can have in these crucial early years.
The research uncovered that parents prioritise activities like reading bedtime stories (65%) and playing with toys (61%) for their child’s language and communication skills. Yet, everyday moments are often overlooked, which is why the campaign focuses on the importance of day-to-day activities such as the daily routine around the house.
There are range of resources available online, with lots of ideas, easy tips and activities that parents can do together with their child.
Parents will now also have access to a key contact who can support parents with their home learning. Hubs will support parents to improve their children’s language and communication skills and ultimately increase levels of school readiness.
A new film to support the Little Moments Together campaign has now been released, explaining how children’s brains develop during the early years, and the crucial role parents play through all the little moments they spend together with their child. Watch it here.
The Knowsley Family Hub is based at The Pride Centre in Northwood, Kirkby and brings families, partners and services together under one roof, making help and support accessible to local families, including: –
- English and Maths adult learning sessions
- Parenting Course
- Baby massage
- Well baby clinic
- Breast feeding coffee afternoon
- Family Healthy Lifestyle Course
- Baby explorers (0-12 months)
- Little explorers (12-24 months)
- Occupational Therapy for children
- Baby and bump pregnancy support
- Antenatal classes
- Smokefree pregnancy
- Little adventurers (0-5 years)
You can find out when these sessions are taking place and how to book here.
Cllr Margaret Harvey, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said “Every day moments can play a vital role in a child’s development and these new resources are fantastic for parents.
“We want to ensure that every child in Knowsley is given the very best start in life. The Family Hub offers a range of services, including home learning support, to ensure children are able to thrive and succeed.”
The Knowsley Family Hub at the Pride Centre is open from 9am until 5pm, Monday to Friday.