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. Each strand has 15 child development topics that Peep-trained practitioners can share with families. (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.

Early literacy in Peep is not about trying to hot-house babies or young children to read from a young age, or using phonics or flash cards. Schools will use their own methods of teaching reading, at the appropriate time. Rather, it's about families and carers sharing books, stories, signs, pictures and so on with young children from the earliest days. This shared interest and 2-way communication helps instil in children a love of books and stories and familiarity with them, making it much easier for children to learn to read when they are older.

Early Literacy topics within the Learning Together Programme include discussions about:

  • 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 in the home and out and about) 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 (e.g. shopping lists, birthday cards)

  • 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)