Ready Together is a new resource for educators that provides great insight into early learning and brain development, from before birth to 5 years old.
For example, did you know that, by birth, a baby's brain weighs about the same as 3 apples? Or that, by 6 months, babies are becoming aware of their feelings? Or that, between 1 and 2 years, a baby’s language and memory parts of the brain make lots of connections so they start talking and remembering more?
Ready Together is an online resource that has lots of information for staff who work with young children and families, including:
- a description of how young children learn and develop at each age
- a guide for what adults can do to support children’s learning and development
- an outline of key transitions that may occur for the child and family
- a description of how the child’s brain grows and changes, and what positive experiences can shape healthy brain development
- case studies and photos from the 4 communities who supported development of the resource (Doomadgee, Mornington Island, Mount Isa and Palm Island).
All Early Years Places and Family Support Services funded by the department will receive a hardcopy of Ready Together and the accompanying learning guide over the next few months.
Ready Together is available online for anyone working directly with families.