Building the toddler brain


Hungry Little Minds

Hungry Little Minds is the new Department for Education campaign that encourages parents and carers to adopt positive activities and behaviours to boost children’s communication, language and literacy development.

The campaign aims to help parents understand that they have a massive impact on their child’s learning. Reading, playing and chatting with children are simple things parents can do to help them develop, even when they are too young to say much back.

Parents can access tips and activities from and also search for activities in their area using a new postcode finder service.

Self Regulation

In simple terms self-regulation is the ability to manage our emotions and behaviour in different circumstances in a socially acceptable way.  Read more about self-regulation, and how you can support children to develop the self-regulation skills they'll need as they grow.

Executive function

Executive function is a concept that is key to children's brain development. It's the group of skills that helps us to focus on many and different streams of information at once, and gives us the mental flexibility to revise our plans as necessary. This useful video from Harvard University in America explores the concept of executive function and how you can support a child's grasp of it.