strands of development

The five strands in the Learning Together Programme cover a wide range of opportunities to play and learn together in everyday life, as you can see by clicking on each strand below. (To see an example of a topic from each strand, click on this topic link, or click the following link to download our LTP Topic Aims Map.) 

personal, social and emotional development covers:

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  • the significance of bonding, secure attachment and positive relationships for promoting babies’ and young children’s learning and development

  • developing self-esteem, confidence and positive dispositions for learning

  • how babies and young children develop an awareness of their individuality and personal identity (sense of self)

  • the importance of play and the quality of the Home Learning Environment for supporting learning and development

  • understanding and managing children’s behaviour

  • tuning into, as well as helping babies and children manage, their feelings (self-regulation)

  • building resilience

  • an introduction to ORIM (opportunities, recognition, interaction and modelling) for parents/carers

communication and language covers:

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  • how babies communicate through body language, facial expression, eye contact and sounds

  • the importance of early interactions with babies, for bonding and attachment

  • how babies’ speech and language develops through watching, listening, making sense of sounds and beginning to use their own voice

  • the importance of everyday interactions (speaking and listening, especially in the mother tongue) in developing young children's speech and language, thinking skills, problem-solving...

  • the significance of musical interactions, songs and rhymes for supporting early learning and development

  • the importance of play in developing communication and language skills

  • the benefits and challenges of engaging with technology

  • exploring the language of maths through play and everyday situations.

early literacy covers:

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  • the benefits of sharing books and stories with babies and children

  • the significance of sharing books and stories and making home-made books, in promoting reading and writing skills, and developing a love of books and stories

  • the importance of books and stories for developing children’s understanding and awareness of the world around them

  • the use of storytelling and exploring stories through play for developing children’s early literacy skills and enhancing their imagination

  • how an awareness of environmental print (logos, signs, labels etc) can support early literacy skills

  • exploring the sounds in words through songs, rhymes, poems, stories and everyday conversations

  • the importance of mark making and play for developing early writing skills

  • the significance of providing everyday opportunities to explore and experience reading and writing in meaningful contexts

  • exploring the use of technology in early literacy development.

early maths covers:

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  • how babies and young children learn about numbers and other mathematical concepts through talking, playing and having fun as part of everyday life

  • the importance of adults modelling a positive attitude toward exploring early maths

  • exploring numbers, shapes, patterns, sorting, matching and measuring, and how they are used in different ways in different contexts

  • the importance of sharing books, toys, games, songs and rhymes for supporting children’s understanding of numbers and counting

  • the significance of routines and things with a working order for helping to develop a sense of order

  • exploring.

health and physical development covers:

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  • the importance of food for supporting growth, development and health

  • how babies and young children develop food preferences

  • the role of mealtimes, as well as buying, preparing, cooking and sharing food in supporting early learning and development

  • brain development

  • physical and sensory development –– including sight, smell, touch, sound and taste, as well as spatial awareness, balance and co-ordination

  • the significance of music, songs and rhymes, language and movement in supporting the understanding of concepts as well as physical development

  • the benefits of assessing, managing and taking risks, for health and well-being

  • the benefits of exploring nature for increasing well-being and supporting early learning and development.

‘Peep has really helped the relationship between me and my child and she is more confident in the things she does.’ (Parent of a pre-schooler)

‘I really love to come to Peep. It helps me to know how to play with my baby.’ (Parent of a baby)

‘I have learned the value of play and how much my child learns through play.’ (Parent of a toddler)