Two words we hear often in early childhood development are:

Nature - the child's biological makeup

Nurture - the environmental influence

Cognitive development is the process of acquiring intelligence and increasingly advanced thought and problem solving ability from infancy to adulthood.

During the pre-operational stage of development, the child realizes the word 'dog' refers to a collection of characteristics that help identify certain animals as dogs.

Understanding the concept of 'dog' enables a young child to identify an unfamiliar dog, whether it is a toy, a cartoon, or a real dog.

A 2 hour Certificate of Completion is issued for this workshop.

Exerpt from the Course.

Brain Development

Critical periods during a woman's pregnancy are during the 9th to 16th weeks. When an infant is born they have 100 billion brain cells. Some of the connections between brain cells form before birth e.g. the child's heart beats and their lungs can breathe when they are born, but about 90% of the connections between brain cells form during the first two years after a child's birth. These connections form as a result of stimulation from the environment. The early years of brain development are particularly important. These lay the foundation for lifelong health, competence and coping abilities.

Two words we hear often in Early Childhood Development are NATURE-the child's biological makeup and NURTURE - the environmental influence. A child is born with certain genetic potential, and the environment shapes how that potential will be realized.