Five to Thrive

In our play sessions we promote Five to Thrive because your child’s brain grows better when you do five simple things… Respond, Cuddle, Relax, Play and Talk

The parent needs to be there to Respond to the upset child. As they do this, the two brains, child and adult, connect together. Then being close together – Cuddle – links them together so that the child’s stress at being hurt passes to the parent. Adults can calm themselves, babies can’t. When the parent can Relax while connected with the child, the child also calms down. Then the adult shows through non-verbal communication – Play – how the adult is feeling, and this helps the child to feel better. And finally, the adult uses words – Talk – to help the child to make sense of feeling better.



Please see the link below for extra reading on 1001 days, a research article linked with ‘Five to thrive’ about the stages of child development: