3 - 5yrs Clinic
For the first few years of your child's life you are an indispensable teacher. The more you talk to your child, play with them and involve them in your world, the more they'll learn.
But at the age of 3, they will begin to start thinking for themselves; what to play with, who to play with, and how to react when some child he doesn't know snatches his favourite toy.
This period for a young child centres around learning those all important social skills: sharing, caring, table manners, saying please and thank you, making friends and having fun learning new activities. But it's also a time for bigger challenges; maybe starting preschool or nursery, or something unimaginable - like welcoming a new sibling into the family. This stage of parenting has so many rewards - and this section will help you enjoy each milestone as and when it happens.
Pre-school nutrition basics Young children are, quiet rightly, lively creatures who need the right fuel for energy and physical and mental development. Unfortunately, even the most willing ‘eat anything’ toddler can turn into a fussy four-year-old who would live of jam sandwiches and slices of cheddar if he could… So making sure you have the basics covered will be important.
Head Injuries - what to do and what to look out for
Emma Hammett of First Aid for Life explains how to
Counting with your child
Being able to count up to ten before starting scho...
Settling your child at nursery
If your child has never been away from you before,...
Encouraging your child's imagination
Role play can help toddlers understand the world
Being a good sharer
Encouraging sharing is a great way to prepare your child for friendship and school, but to a young child sharing can be an irrational concept that might need to be learned gradually.
Kids in Museums campaign
It all began in 2003 when writer Dea Birkett's son shouted "monster!" at a statue of Eagle Man at the Royal Academy in London, and got thrown out. Dea's subsequent article in The Guardian spurred hundreds of families to write in with similar experiences. A few months later, the Guardian launched its Kids in Museums Campaign along with a 20-point Manifesto.