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.

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

  • 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

  • how numbers 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 numbers, shapes, patterns, sorting, matching and measuring.

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

  • the benefits of exploring nature for increasing well-being, learning to manage risks, and supporting early learning and development

  • physical development - including the significance of music, songs and rhmes, as well as exploring language and movement to support conceptual understanding

  • brain development

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

‘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)