Improving Language and Thinking Skills in Infants; A Data Informed Approach

The recent data from the Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) proposed an increase in Language and Cognitive development of vulnerable children. Based on these findings and other relevant research on children's development, our Healthy Beginnings program has proven effective in improving educational outcomes in critical areas. Here is some insight into how this is achieved.

Language and cognition are deeply intertwined, shaping and influencing one another throughout the developmental journey. As infants begin to acquire language skills, their progress is marked by significant cognitive advancements. Remarkably, this developmental journey commences as early as birth, laying the groundwork for future learning and understanding.

Let's explore some key milestones to observe as infants progress in their language and cognitive development to provide a glimpse into this fascinating process.

How does our Healthy Beginnings Curriculum support Infants' Language and Cognition? 

Through the primary caregiving approach, our Healthy Beginnings Educators seek and create avenues to form secure attachments with your baby. Our Educators plan for routine and provide schematic play experiences to facilitate infants' language and problem-solving skills. They often label objects, describe events and role model interactions during routine and play times, allowing your baby to learn fundamental mathematical concepts, such as patterns, behaviours and time. 

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Healthy Beginnings Curriculum

The Lifelong Learning Healthy Beginnings Curriculum for babies’ birth–1-year-olds emphasizes the establishment of secure attachments and positive relationships between babies and educators through the use of Circle of Security and learning zones focused on play schemas.


Early Experiences Curriculum

The Lifelong Learning Early Experiences Curriculum for 1-3-year-olds emphasizes the development of Toddlers’ language and social development using the Abecedarian approach within our intentional learning zones focused on play schemas.


School Readiness Curriculum

The Lifelong Learning School Readiness Curriculum for 3-5-year-olds emphasizes enquiry-based projects and foundation academic skills to support children’s development of key 21st-century school-readiness.

Acknowledgement of Country

In the spirit of reconciliation, the Affinity Education community acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land sea and community.

We pay our respect to their elders past and present and the extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander peoples today.