Quaggy Development Trust

Don’t Miss the Bus!


Learning begins before birth. I was amazed once when reading ‘The Secret Life of the Unborn Child’ (by Thomas R Verny) where he describes the experience a pregnant cellist and her communication with her unborn son. After a conversation when he was an adult and was himself a conductor of the Canadian Philharmonic Orchestra, he told her that he was thumbing through some music and a piece he came across was very familiar to him. His mother told him that this was music she played when she was pregnant with him. She also told him that she had not played it since.
This story shows how significant the earliest moments are in terms of learning for babies and shows that even before we are born we are learning. It’s important to engage with our babies as early as possible. Bathing our babies in language is one of the most important things we can do to encourage learning. All forms of vocal methods of interacting are so important and variety stimulates our babies’ brain and connects neural pathways developing learning. Whether it’s talking, singing, reading or just chatting with our babies about what is actually happening in front of them now, this all help to develop their brains and support learning.
At Quaggy we regularly offer Bouncing Babies courses. At present these are online due to the pandemic. These courses run by our staff and use song, rhyme and signing to support your child’s learning. The course is a great way to stimulate your child’s development at an early stage. You can find out more about accessing Bouncing Babies courses by visiting our live calendar to find out when the next course is taking place.


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