The Parent/Child relationship is key – activities for you and your child

Activities for you and your child

3 to 5 years:

Learn about colours – at about three years of age, children will start to be able to recognise and name colours. At every opportunity ask questions about colours and name colours as you go – e.g. in the supermarket, “look at the yellow bananas”. Don’t worry if your child gets the colour wrong, this can take time, but continue to point out and name things with different colours.

Play number games – at about three years of age, children will start to be able to recognise and name numbers. At every opportunity ask questions about numbers and name numbers as you go. Don’t worry if your child gets the numbers wrong, this can take time, but continue to point out and count numbers – eg. when setting the table, together count the number of people coming and then get your child to count the knives, forks, plates etc. needed.

Go to the supermarket together – while bringing your child to the supermarket can be a difficult time, there are plenty of opportunities for your child to learn and explore. Make going to the supermarket fun, give them items to pick out for you, – you could play ‘find the item’.

HUG OF THE DAY

Children of all ages love to get their ‘hug of the day’. Mind you, some older children don’t appreciate getting their ‘hug of the day’ in front of their friends!

Download these tipsheets to learn how you can support your child’s play: 

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To find out more about the key messages for you and your child click https://www.tusla.ie/parenting-24-seven/0-5years/

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Infant Mental Health Awareness Week runs from June 13th-19th.           

This week provides an opportunity to focus attention on the wellbeing, social and emotional development of our babies and young children. It highlights the importance of early relationships and a relationship based approach to interventions with infants and families. As our understanding of IMH and its evidence base develops, so also does our knowledge of how to apply this knowledge and an ‘IMH lens’ to interactions with infants, parents and caregivers in health and social services. 

What is infant mental health?

Infant Mental health (IMH) refers to the healthy social and emotional development of Infants starting at conception up to three years of age.

The first 1000 days of life are recognised as a critical period of opportunity to support infant mental health. Decades of research have shown that it is the quality of the early caregiver relationship that is a significant determinant of the infant’s healthy social and emotional development and in turn physical health, right up to adulthood.

 

The National Healthy Childhood Programme has embedded IMH as the foundation of the development of its resources and in the approach of the delivery of the universal child health service. This embedding of key messages can be seen in the My Child suite of books (www.mychild.ie/books) and also on www.MyChild.ie  where key messages around bonding and relationship building have been embedded for the parent/caregiver.

 

In clinical practice the topic of IMH has been included for the first time in the National Standardised Child Health Record. To build on this, the National Healthy Childhood Programme have just completed a suite of three eLearning units which are now available on HSEland for healthcare practitioners / caregivers who are working with children and families.  

 

Throughout the week you will see videos and key IMH messaging being promoted on the HSE MyChild social media pages ( Facebook / Instagram ). Keep an eye out in the National Newspapers for articles from our experts also. (IrishTimes article)  

 

In addition The National Healthy Childhood Programme have developed a series of ten practical videos with HSE expert advice which are now available on YouTube and on the relevant pages on the www.mychild.ie website.

These videos (2-3 minutes each) are aimed at parents/guardians of children (0 – 3 years).

These new video resources are available here while lots more expert advice for every step of pregnancy, baby and toddler health can also be found at www.mychild.ie

There are a suite of posters available focusing on the promotion of IMH messaging to order from healthy.childhood@hse.ie

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