Top 10 parenting tips

! Tunnel at WCS 2

At LEYF, we do all we can in our 24 community nurseries to provide children with endless inspiration when parents are at work or can’t be around for some other reason.

All the same, we believe good parenting is the best possible gift you can give any child, with all the love and care that implies.

But with so much conflicting advice out there – and so little if any real training or preparation for one of life's toughest occupations – where do you begin?

To help you quickly find your 'good parenting' feet (as new parents or old), we have compiled a short list of what our staff and nursery parents consider some of the best and most practical things you can do now to give your child the best start in life.

  1. Engage with them on their level
  2. Listen to them
  3. Reward good behaviour
  4. Choose your battles
  5. Make them smile
  6. Be consistent
  7. Let them play with other children
  8. Inspire them
  9. Give them your time
  10. Show them you care
  11. Ask for their input and ideas
  12. Establish clear and appropriate boundaries
  13. Enjoy them
  14. Give them a sense of wonder

(As you can see, we couldn't stop at 10!)