The High Bank Day Nursery is part of a group of several nurseries participating in a North Yorkshire County council project designed to study the brain development of toddlers under the age of 12 months.
The researchers will be looking at how scenarios encountered as part of normal routine - including social interactions in a caring environment - affect the growth of a child’s brain.
The study’s purpose is to boost a nursery worker’s education about the way an infant’s brain develops during their first 12 months. The knowledge will be used to increase their confidence and skills in giving the babies in their care a quality nursery experience.
Commenting on the study, High Bank manager Jennifer Thompson said: “Over the first year of life the brain more than doubles its size, and the first three years of a baby’s life are very important for developing their brain."
“We are constantly devising activities that help to stimulate the children and are therefore delighted to be taking part in a project which we hope will allow us to further enhance the experience children have when they come to High Bank.”
Staff at participating baby nurseries have begun working through questionnaires as they observe the children in their care. The project began in January and will continue until the end of March.
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