4 Months to 2 Years

These are the times in your child’s life where he/she will develop the most skills in the shortest period of time. At Jelly Babies, our core focus is the appropriate development of your baby. Most importantly, we provide plenty of attention and care. We do a range of activities with the “littlelies”.

Our carers read stories, sing songs, provide baby yoga and assist the children in learning to crawl and then to walk. We develop the children’s fine motor skills through texture play and specially designed activity boards.  

Below are our 14 fundamental areas of development which we keep in mind when doing our daily planning. There are a range of activities that fall under each of the below 14 fundamentals:

 Intellectual Development

This refers to the ability of the brain to process information.

Curiosity

Curiosity refers to the enthusiasm with which a child tries to explore their world and their attitude as they interact with the surrounding environment.

Play

Play refers to the process through which a young child explores their environment and the typical age-appropriate way in which they interact within their surrounding world.

Concept of Self

As children develop a concept of themselves, they learn that they have a body of their own. They learn that they exist separately from others and from their environment. They become increasingly aware of their body symmetry and the position and size of their body in relation to other objects around them.  They also develop a ‘body image’, which refers to the impression that they of themselves.

Sensory Development

The goal here is to maximise the brain’s ability to process information received from the 5 senses.

Emotional Development

Emotional development refers to the processing of different emotions as well as the child’s ability to motivate themselves. It also involves the child’s ability to identify and deal with emotions in themself and in others.

Physical Development

Physical development involves the development of the large muscles in the body as well as balance, coordination and motor skills.

Independence

The development of independence involves a child’s ability to do practical little things for themselves.

Manual Dexterity and Eye-Hand Coordination

This involves the development of control over the fine muscles in a child’s fingers. It also involves the working together, and coordination of the hands and eyes.

Social Development

Social development involves a baby’s ability to enter into interaction with other people, sustain interaction with others, be involved in close relationships and to adapt to the demands and expectations of their society.

Listening Skills

This involves the ability of a child’s brain to process information that has been received from the sensory receptors in their ears.

Language Comprehension

Language comprehension refers to a child’s ability to connect meaning to speech sounds.

Speech Development

The ability to use vocal cords to produce sounds that convey intended meaning.

Communication

The child’s ability to convey a message to other people.