How does this impact on Community Wellbeing? Confident children are raised by confident parents. Not all parents can afford to attend privately-run baby massage classes, baby sensory classes or swimming lessons, for example. Not all parents have the skills or knowledge necessary to help their children develop into well-attached, confident thinkers. Spend one day in the public education system and you will see that it is full of children who are unable to respect others, to engage socially, to engage with learning. This journey begins with parents and if we can get to them early and teach them the key aspects of positive parenting - reading, singing, the importance of play, PUT DOWN THE PHONES, a love of the outdoors, a basic understanding of child development - this will impact on all communities everywhere. The learning needs to reach every single person who is about to become a parent. The loss of the community ethos means that we no longer learn these skills from others in the way that we used to, whether family or neighhours. Why should the Committee focus on this as part of their future work? This would take the strain from education and social services, which are bursting at the seams with families who would have benefitted from knowing this key information earlier in their journey. The key is early intervention. If it needs to be taught in HE in high school, then do it. Children who are ready to engage socially and educationally will be more likely to become productive members of our society. We need to play the long game.
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