This first section has two lessons. Firstly there is an introduction to the course which tells you who it for, how to use it and what is covered. The second lesson contains a couple of files that you may want to download and keep.
This section talks about all the developments that start to occur as our babies turn into toddlers, then preschoolers and they start being more active, learning, and communicating. With so much going on in their brains, it's hardly surprising that they sometimes have trouble sleeping - it can happen to adults too when they are stressed or excited...
It's very easy to react in the heat of the moment, with words and phrases that we may have heard our parents use when we were growing up. But sometimes there can be more helpful ways of communicating. Don't expect to be perfect at this - there is no such thing!
Is your little one about to start preschool or school and you are wondering how best to support them through this transition?
Do you wonder whether your child is anxious and are looking for ways to support them?
Joanne Fulton, Creator of the Confidence Club and Founder of The Student Mindset shares her knowledge with you on how to support your child through anxiety and big transitions.
As your child develops and their need for sleep alters, it's worth revisiting bedtimes, and the various routines that you put in place. A routine tailored around your child's needs will help them to settle faster when it is time to sleep.
As you start to watch these videos you will probably have lots of ideas of things that you could tweak to make your days and nights go more smoothly
But change in itself can be stressful, so it's a good idea to prepare your child as much as possible for what you plan to do.
Did you know the average age to drop the nap is 3.5 years old? This section will talk you through how and when to drop the nap and give you ideas of what to do on the days where the nap is needed but doesn’t happen.
There are various strategies to help your child fall asleep, but ultimately, we don’t want to be leaving our children alone and distressed. This section talks through gradual retreat but at a pace that your child and you are needing.
This is a fun alternative way to let your child know it's time to sleep.
This method works best when your child is in a bed as you don’t want to be bending all the way down into the cot for a kiss. This method may be overstimulating depending on your child’s temperament; however, this would become apparent very quickly upon starting it.
This is one for the slightly older child, depending on their understanding, I would say from about 4 years old, however, I have seen it work with 3-year-olds.
It is important that you gauge your child’s understanding before embarking on this method.
You may find that just using one of the previous methods may not be enough on its own, and you may find that you need to combine them and move the plan on depending on the stage they are at.
This section will talk you through how you can use them together to develop an individual plan to suit your child’s needs.
Wouldn’t it be lovely if we could just take the sides of our children’s cots and they continued to sleep soundly? Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for a lot of children, and you may find you need to spend some time preparing both your child and yourself for that transition.
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