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Cypress Child Care Tips: Why your child’s environment matters to early brain development

Posted on 11-12-2014


At birth, your child’s brain is filled with about 100 billion brain cells, all ready and waiting to form the neural connections. These are necessary for learning, playing sports and forming relationships. Known as plasticity, this state allows your child to learn at an incredible rate. It is a transitory state. After the age of five, your child’s brain structure becomes less plastic and more permanent, making learning more challenging.

During this window of opportunity while the brain is highly plastic, stimulation of the senses is important to the learning process. The senses of touch, taste, smell, sight and sound are stimulated through a variety of age-appropriate activities that encourage brain development during this critical period.

How to ensure your child’s environment supports brain development

  • Safety: A childproof environment allows your child to explore independently, but supervised, without facing the risk of trauma. A child’s safe, stress-free environment effectively opens up new learning experiences and builds confidence.
  • Variety: Different kinds of stimulation activate different parts of your child’s brain. By offering a selection of toys and games that appeal to each sense, your child will experience optimal cognitive, language, social-emotional and physical development.
  • Trust: When your child feels loved and free of stress, a bond of trust with you and other caregivers is developed. Trusting you and your intentions, your child is more open to new knowledge and challenges, allowing a child to experience the necessary stimulation with confidence. Consistently responding quickly and positively to your infant’s needs is the best way to help develop this bond.

If you are looking for a child care facility that provides the ideal environment to boost your child’s brain development, consider Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Cypress. Our exclusive Brain Waves™ Curriculum, combined with our dedicated staff and our state-of-the-art facility will work together to provide your child with the best start in life. To find out more, please contact us today.

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