First Steps Women’s Centre


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Childcare Staff Certificates

Our Childcare Staff pictured from the left -  Carla (Portuguese), Dominika (Polish), Jacqueline, Helena and Giedra (Lithuanian) - have all been busy updating their training.

New study shows that singing helps babies calm down twice as fast when listening to speech compared to song

In a new study from the University of Montreal, infants remained calm twice as long when listening to a song, which they didn’t even know, as they did when listening to speech. “Many studies have looked at how singing and speech affect infants’ attention, but we wanted to know how they affect a baby’s emotional self-control,” explained Professor Isabelle Peretz, of the university’s Center for Research on Brain, Music and Language. “Emotional self-control is obviously not developed in infants, and we believe singing helps babies and children develop this capacity.” The study, recently published in Infancy, involved thirty healthy infants aged between six and nine months.

Humans are in fact naturally enraptured by music. In adults and older children, this “entrainment” is displayed by behaviours such as foot-tapping, head-nodding, or drumming.

‘To Provide Early Years Childcare through a friendly, secure and stimulating environment’

First Steps Women’s Centre (FSWC) provides childcare for mothers or carers that are attending one of the many brilliant courses we offer at our Centre.

Our Childcare facility is a very large room that has been completely refurbished and renovated in July 2015. It has an onsite sandpit, library, lots of toys with stimulating activities all designed to provide children with a healthy and energising environment.

All our childcare staff are trained and qualified to look after your child. Our role is to take away the worry and stress whilst you can concentrate and enjoy learning and making friends.

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