Deadly Tots Project
Deadly Tots growing up; Bubs’ development and the flip chart
Bubs emotional, social and intellectual development are all connected. Each one depends on and influences the other. How bub develops depends both on the genes Bub is born with and the experiences Bub has while growing. The first and most important experiences are with Bubs parents and family. Bub learns and develops through his/her relationships with others.
If Bubs first relationships with family are strong, safe and caring then Bub learns to feel secure and confident to explore the world and get along with others.
The more we talk and respond to Bub the quicker he or she learns and feels confident about themselves. Even though Bub may not yet understand the words you say they begin to understand their meanings. So, early yarning, reading and singing helps lay down the foundations in Bubs brain for easier learning later on. Yarning and singing with Bub while you are changing a nappy, giving a feed or a bath or doing any other everyday job is really important. Just yarn with Bub about what you are doing, what they are doing and whats happening around.
Never undervalue the power of the little things you do. They are the most important.
It also helps both you and Bub if you know what Bub is capable of as he or she grows. The Deadly Tots flip chart will give you general information about what to expect from Bub at different ages. Remember all Bubs develop differently.
If you are worried you should talk to the Aboriginal Health Worker, Child Care Worker or Child and Family Health Nurse. (See contacts page of flip chart) You can download a copy here or ask at your early Childhood and family health centre
Bubs needs and behaviours can change with each new stage of development. For example Bub may become frustrated when he’s learning to talk and he can’t get you to understand, or he may seem to be naughty as he or she tries out new skills. Try to see it through Bubs eyes, be patient and flexible and help Bub learn the rules. Bub needs lots of practice as he/she learns new things.
Help them and always encourage them even if they are struggling.
You can download your flip chart here. If you live in Inner West, South East or Northern Sydney to get free copies of the magnetised flip chart and other Deadly Tots resources call Karitane 97942348. Organisations working with families in these Sydney regions may order free copies.