Making a Difference – Ontario Early Years Resources

  • 0 to 6 years – The first six years are the most important years in your child’s life. In the early years, the brain forms connections that set the stage for lifelong learning, behaviour and health.
  • 0 to 3 months – Being a new parent is exciting. It is also hard. In the first three months you will grow and learn along with your baby. Nothing is more important for your baby than spending time with you.
  • 3 to 6 months – When babies experience a variety of sounds, smells, sights, feelings and loving touches, their brains make connections that help them learn language, problem solving and even math in later life.
  • 6 to 9 months – During this time your baby will begin to get mobile. Very soon, she will be taking her first steps. Your job is to encourage her to explore in a safe way.
  • 9 to 12 months – Parents are their baby’s first and most important teachers. But you don’t need to put pressure on yourself to teach her anything. The magic of babies is that they learn from everything around them.
  • 12 to 18 months – As your baby grows into a toddler, one of your most important jobs is to help him develop a positive view of himself. This is called self-esteem.
  • 18 to 36 months – Toddlers will have temper tantrums. Knowing that this is normal does not always make it easier to deal with. One of your hardest jobs is to help your child learn self-control when she has a temper tantrum.
  • 3 to 4 years – All young children will break the rules sometimes, as they struggle to be independent or when they become just too tired to cope. Your child needs you to set firm, reasonable limits.
  • 4 to 5 years – Your child will soon be entering school. The things you have been doing with her – reading, talking, singing and drawing – have helped her develop the basic concepts and skills she will use in her schoolwork.
  • 5 to 6 years – When your child goes to school, your job as a teacher is far from over. Now is the time for you to become a partner with his teachers at school.

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