Our developmental programs work in two ways. Firstly, by supporting parents with strategies to deal with the sometimes lasting stress of a preterm birth. Secondly, we aim to extend parents' knowledge about all the different areas of learning and development, particularly those for which prems have been shown to have challenges. Our programs are age specific (corrected age) throughout the early years and focus on the changing developmental requirements of these stages. We explore ways to engage and motivate babies and young children through safe, secure, fun activities which are easily transferred to the home environment. These activities are designed to become part of daily life and learning at home with your prem.
All ReadyStepGrow programs are facilitated by professionals and use a number of different techniques and approaches which include:
Relationship-based learning - strong secure attachments with parents form the basis of all future learning.
Play-Based learning - an important way to develop active learning. Active learning means using the brain in lots of ways.
Child-centred learning - an approach that promotes the right of the child to choose, make connections and communicate. It allows freedom for children to think, experience, explore, question and seek solutions.
Strengths-based learning - crucial if children are to be engaged in their learning in meaningful ways. Strengths can be intellectual, physical, social skills, capacities, dispositions or motivations.