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

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

Now I’m a toddler, did you know my brain grows better when you………

Talk

  • Share books with me and talk about the pictures. Sing rhymes, poems or songs as I love to
    hear the words and you are helping me to build my understanding of words and their uses.
  • Tell me about colours as we explore together or count the steps with me as we climb the stairs
    or count the socks in the washing pile.

PLAY

  • Follow my lead when we are playing – when you join in or imitate me I know my ideas and
    decisions are important.
  •  I love playing outside so try to spend some time outside every day with me.

RELAX

  • Try to end exciting play or activity sessions with a wind-down time so we can enjoy a few
    moments of calm together.
  • Sometimes I like to busy and sometimes I like us to sit together and watch what other people are
    doing. I learn a lot from watching and then copying.

CUDDLE

  • Cuddles are great especially when I’m tired or upset but there may be times when I don’t want a
    cuddle but you should try to find other ways to provide me reassuring contact.
  •  I love giving as well as receiving all these different types of physical contact

RESPOND

  • Cuddles are great especially when I’m tired or upset but there may be times when I don’t want a
    cuddle but you should try to find other ways to provide me reassuring contact.
  • I love giving as well as receiving all these different types of physical contact

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 Toddler

For information, support and tops tips to help your toddler keep healthy

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.