EYFS: A Unique Child: 1.1 Child Development

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By Jane Colerecently retired Foundation Stage regional adviser and early childhood consultant

We start this series looking at Commitment 1.1 Child Development, with the focus being on practitioners to consider the whole child, develop their competence as learners and realise their potential


Competent from birth

From the first moment a parent looks into their baby’s eyes and says ‘hello’, it is obvious to them what a powerful learner and communicator this new person in their family already is. These moments will soon be forgotten in hectic family life, but some researchers have filmed them. It is extraordinary to sit back and observe the ‘conversations’ between the baby and the adult: the baby mimicking facial movements and gestures; learning and developing every minute; using all of their senses to attach themselves to this significant person in their life; and to get their needs known and met. It is also very individual with the parent naturally delighting in their baby’s responses and stimulating them further.

This is an intimate time and its importance cannot be underestimated as the bonds that children make with their family and carers stay with them throughout life.

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