Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Former Minister for Child Protection; Community Services; Seniors and Volunteering; Women's Interests; Youth

Resource encourages early brain development

19/12/2012 12:00 AM
 
  • Brain development resource for parents launched today
Community Services Minister Robyn McSweeney has called on parents of young children to use everyday activities to foster their child’s brain development.
 
Speaking today at the launch of a new parenting resource, Mrs McSweeney reminded parents of happened in a child’s early development impacts on their lifelong learning.
 
“Research shows that 90 per cent of brain growth occurs in the first three years of a person’s life,” she said.
 
“That’s an incredible amount of development in a relatively short amount of time, and it is important parents and care givers of young children take advantage of this window for learning.
 
“This resource provides parents with activities they can incorporate into their routine without spending money on special books or toys.
 
“As we all know, there is no instruction book when it comes to parenting, but by including your child in everyday activities parents can be sure they are giving their child the best start in life.”
 
The Liberal-National Government provides support to parents through the Parenting WA information line.
 
Parenting WA offers impartial, free advice to parents, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and no referral is needed.
 
      Fact File
  • Liberal-National Govt recognises the importance of early childhood education, starting formal literacy and numeracy learning in pre-primary, and making pre-primary compulsory from 2013 to ensure all children have access to  high-quality, full-time education at least two years before they commence year one
  • The brain development resource is available as a full colour A4 poster on the Department for Communities’ website http://www.communities.wa.gov.au
  • Printed copies will also be made available to parents in early 2013
Minister's office - 6552 6500