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Your one year old


As you reach the one year stage

Your child is growing and each new stage for your baby is another step towards becoming an individual little person. Each new step your child takes also takes you as a parent along to hold your baby’s hand along the way.  We thought you might find it helpful to know how you can support them along the way.

Speech and language

A baby’s speech, language and communication starts before birth. Once they are reaching one year old the world is a place of huge opportunity and the importance of speech, language and communication is really important in a child’s world, for the child’s whole future.

Simple ways to support communication and speech and language development

  • Share stories with your child
  • Sing songs to/with your child
  • Help your child to make actions with their hands when singing and during story time
  • Tell your child the name of things
  • Talk to your child when you go out for walks

More ways to support speech, language and communication development

  • When you go for a walk talk to your child about the sounds you can hear
  • Make the sounds of  animals and things when you’re sharing a book with your child
  • Play games with your child where they have to follow instructions like ‘roll the ball’ or ‘throw the ball’
  • Let your child help with things like unpacking the shopping by telling them to find different things, e.g. ‘ find the apples’
  • Show and give your child choices about what they can have to eat, drink, play with etc.

Physical development

Physical development is a really fun area of development that also keeps you on your toes as a parent. As your child grows their indoor and outdoor world is part of their physical playground and development can be supported within that with parent support.

Simple ways to help develop physical abilities

  • Let me splash my hands and kick my feet in the bath
  • Give me a doll’s buggy or trundle trike to push
  • Move my toys a bit further away to give me a small challenge
  • Let me help turn the pages or lift the flaps of a book
  • Give me playdough to squeeze or squash with my hands
  • Share finger play songs with me like ’round and round the garden’
  • Let me have finger foods
  • Let me try to have a spoon to eat my food with

More ways to help to develop physical skills

  • Give me a little something to carry when we go out
  • Give me a bucket to put interesting things in when I’m exploring outdoors
  • Give me rolling pins and cutters to see what I can do with them when I’m playing with playdough
  • Let me try to wash my hands and face by myself
  • Let me try to put my shoes on by myselfMy world around me also gives me a sense of belonging. In learning who belongs in my world, who is important to me and knowing who I can trust to meet my needs provides me with a sense of identity and trusted relationships

Developing social skills?

My world around me also gives me a sense of belonging. In learning who belongs in my world, who is important to me and knowing who I can trust to meet my needs provides me with a sense of identity and trusted relationships.

Help me understand who I am and who is part of my world

  • Share photos of special grown ups with me
  • Let me meet special grown ups. Tell me their names
  • Let me look in a mirror. Point to me and tell me that’s me in the mirror. Point to my nose, arms and legs and tell me what they are
  • Let me get my comforter or special toy when I’m feeling sad or tired

Help me develop my social self

  • Play copying games with me
  • Share photos or videos of me doing things and talk about what I’m doing
  • Engage with imaginative play with me. For example use my dolls or teddies to show me how to pretend to look after a baby. Talk to me about the things you are using, and what you are doing with them
  • Let me help you share out things like toys and food so that everyone has something to play with/eat.

Further support and advice

Contacting your Health Visitor

  • email your local Public Health Nursing Hub where a Health Visitor will respond to your query
  • Text us for health-based advice via our Chat health number; 07520 631721 and receive a response back via text. (This number cannot be used to book or rearrange appointment time)s.
  • phone your local Public Health Nursing Hub to discuss any queries with a Health Visitor.

Virtual Family Focus sessions

Devon Public Health Nursing are offering digital group sessions for parents to attend, covering a range of experiences that parents might face during the early days. These friendly virtual parent sessions are undertaken via Microsoft Teams and facilitated usually by one of our Community Health Workers.  We call this Virtual Family Focus.

In the early days you may want to consider attending the following virtual family focus sessions:

  • Focus on: What is my baby telling me
  • Focus on: Keeping well after my baby arrives

To book your place email your Public Health Nursing hub stating your name, your child’s name, your email address, and your telephone number and which session/s you would like to attend. We will then send you an invite link.

Children’s Centres

Children’s centres offer families targeted support for a variety of situations. Children’s centres in Devon provide Early Help services to the whole family, from pregnancy through to age 19, when families most need support using the ‘team around the family’ approach.

Action for Children run the Children’s Centres in the Devon County Council area

There’s also a fantastic online option where you can talk to a family practitioner about a range of questions that you may have

https://parents.actionforchildren.org.uk/chat/

Solihull Approach Parenting Course

You can also access an online course that supports you in understanding your baby at a variety of different points in their life

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What will I need to complete the online course?

All you need to get started is your access code, an up-to-date internet browser on a computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone (the local libraries or your school may be able to provide access to this), and an email address. Go to the website www.inourplace.co.uk and apply the code Tamar when prompted. You will be asked for your email address and a password of your choice. This is so that you can return to the site, sign in and your account will remember that you have access to the course(s) and will resume from where you last left the course.

Other sources of information and advice that you may find useful

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