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

These are your child’s daily ‘Five to Thrive’ building blocks for a healthy brain.

I’m settling into nursery. Did you know my brain grows better when you………


  •  Share any special words you use at home so my keyperson can help make my transition
  • Talk to me about my day when you pick me up and we can enjoy our time together


  • Share any special songs or games that you use at home to help me feel secure


  • Try not to be anxious about leaving me at nursery as I pick up on your cues.
  • Make nursery somewhere we both love to come


  • Bring my special blanket or toy to nursery with me so I have the link from home.
  • Hold me close and share a book with me before I go to bed


  • Help me to feel my new nursery is like home by visiting with me a few times before I start
    so I meet people and it feels more familiar.
  • Share as much information as you can about me with my keyworker about my routines and
    what I like as you know me best.
  • Bring in photographs of home and my favourite people so my keyworker can talk to me
    about them.
  • Understand that I might cry when you leave me but I will soon learn that you are coming
    back to pick me up later.

Parenting and Family Relationships

There are a variety of courses and one-off sessions for parents in Luton to promote positive, nurturing and responsive parenting

Healthy Child

For information, support and tops tips to help your child eat well

Child Safety

Safe at Home Luton is a child accident prevention programme aimed at families from pregnancy through to the child’s 5th birthday.

SEND families

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

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.


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