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Interacting with, and providing stimulus for, young children helps to put in place the building blocks for their growth and development.  Early communication is crucial to speech and language development as well as establishing a bond between carer and baby. 

Research shows that:

  • during the first three years 75% of brain growth is completed
  • two year olds who are read to often and engage in activities like painting and singing have better language development and problem solving skills
  • children whose parents talk to them frequently have better language skills than those whose parents seldom talk to them. At 20 months babies of talkative parents knew 131 more words than babies of less talkative parents, while at 24 months the difference was 295.