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So far Courtney Mercer has created 6 blog entries.

Socio-Emotional Development in Early Childhood

‘Socio’ refers to social development. This includes relating to others and their environment, learning to adhere to social norms and even interpreting gestures and body language. ‘Emotional’ involves our children’s emotional development which is made up of awareness, expression, and regulation of emotions. Social and emotional development are very much inter-linked which is why we address them together. Babies socially engage and interact primarily with their caregiver(s). The quality [...]

Socio-Emotional Development in Early Childhood2021-11-09T15:33:28+02:00

The First 1000 Days of Life

The first 1000 days of life truly do matter and here's why...   Science tells us that the first 1000 days of a child’s life sets the foundation for future years. The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University’s most recent research shows that more than one million new neural connections form every second AND your baby’s brain grows to 80% of it’s adult size within the first [...]

The First 1000 Days of Life2021-04-20T11:53:23+02:00

Language Development in Early Childhood

Language is more than just verbal communication. It is also the ability to express ourselves, to respond and understand when someone is trying to communicate with us. Language development is a crucial part of the child’s overall development. It supports your child’s ability to communicate, express and understand feelings. It also aids in problem solving, developing, and maintaining relationships. The basis for literacy - learning to read and write [...]

Language Development in Early Childhood2020-08-28T19:24:35+02:00

Fine Motor Development in Early Childhood

Fine motor development includes the development of the small muscles of the body, namely the tiny muscles of hands, feet, eyes and mouth. While the gross motor muscles are required mostly for endurance, strength and whole-body movement, fine motor muscles are used mostly for control, precision and coordination. Gross motor muscles are used for a large muscle activity such as throwing and catching a ball or jumping whereas fine [...]

Fine Motor Development in Early Childhood2020-07-27T16:20:16+02:00

Gross Motor Development in Early Childhood

Gross Motor Development refers to the development of the large muscle groups of the body (legs, arms and torso) which are responsible for whole body movement. This includes everyday movements such as sitting, crawling, standing, walking, running and jumping as well as coordinated activities such as ball skills, skipping, swimming or riding a bike. Development of these muscles is crucial in being able to perform natural, everyday actions and [...]

Gross Motor Development in Early Childhood2020-07-16T21:26:37+02:00

Sensory Development in Early Childhood

What is sensory development? Sensory development is the development of the senses. What are the senses? We have 8 senses that we use to process sensory information. There are 5 external senses that are well-known to all. These include the sensory systems whereby sensory information is received externally, from sources outside of the body, namely, sight, touch, hearing, taste and smell. There are 3 internal senses that are less [...]

Sensory Development in Early Childhood2020-06-28T15:47:23+02:00