Having a Pre-schooler is wonderful stage as they learn to talk, communicate and become more and more curious and eager to learn new things. Young children learn by copying those around them. They start to learn when we say ‘No’ not to touch however their brains are not fully wired and they cannot be relied upon to understand the consequences or remember the instruction. When we are not looking they will often try something they would not do in front of an adult. We teach parents/carers to be ONE STEP AHEAD and learn to anticipate what their child may do next and what action would be recommended!
Here we share some top tips to help new parents understand more about keeping baby safe:
Medication can be mistaken for sweets, often small and brightly coloured, child may have watched those around taking medication and they are just curious and not intentionally being naughty but might try them, consequences could be serious and life threatening – Keep all medication in a locked cupboard or high out of reach
Other dangerous substances are easily ingested and young children under 4 are admitted daily to emergency departments due to poisoning or burns to skin from cleaning products such as bleach, oven cleaner, washing capsules etc
Hot things burn – from hair straighteners, ovens, radiators, fires, bbq’s
Playing outside in the garden is both fun and healthy but young children should always supervised by an adult at all times – ponds should be covered, paddling pools emptied when not in use – gates and sheds securely bolted.
What Safe at Home can offer Luton families with a child aged between 0-5:
Parent/Carer can access a FREE Home Safety Check with our friendly Safe at Home advisor who will do a 1-1 walk through of each room, discussing with parent/carer all potential hazards and providing top tips to help parent/carer minimise risk in the home & garden – parent will receive a copy of the advisory report and information regarding installing child safety equipment to help prevent accidents.
If the household is in receipt of benefits such as Universal Credit or other benefits they may also qualify for free child safety equipment, this will be assessed during the Home Safety Check and allocated accordingly.
Child Safety Equipment can be purchased via Safe at Home for families who are not eligible for free equipment.
There are a variety of courses and one-off sessions for parents in Luton to promote positive, nurturing and responsive parenting
For information, support and tops tips to help your child eat well
If you think that your child may have special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) you should speak to someone about your concerns- find out more on Luton’s Local Offer
Five to Thrive
Just as our child’s body grows better when you give them good food, your child’s brain grows better when you do five simple things that feed the growing brain:
Respond ● Cuddle ● Relax ● Play ● Talk
Talking Takes Off
Talking Takes Off is a programme to support improvements in speech and communication in children from 0-5 years old in Luton.
Flying Start is a partnership approach to the delivery of services for families in Luton, with a focus on the antenatal period and the early years. The Early Years Alliance and partners, working alongside local communities and parents, are committed to delivering the Flying Start vision and strategy and supporting children to have a flying start in life