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A hug from a caring adult is the best medicine for children, researchers find

From as young as four months of age, hugs from parents and familiar caring adults “makes all the difference”, researchers from Japan’s Toho University have found.

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by Freya Lucas

When it comes to building IQ, nurture makes a significant difference, research finds

Preschoolers who live in impoverished communities, but who have access to a nurturing home environment have significantly higher intelligence quotient (IQ) scores in adolescence compared to those raised without nurturing care, a new international study from the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) has found.

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Researchers find that learning self control in preschool leads to healthier adult outcomes

Being able to have control over thoughts, feelings and behaviours in the early years is a strong predictor of how one ages later in life, with children who had strong self control early growing up to age more slowly than their peers at age 45, Duke University researchers recently found.

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by Freya Lucas

COVID-19 has impacted those due to start school in the coming year, UK research finds

Preschoolers had their eating, activity, and sleep routines disrupted during COVID-19 related lockdowns, which may be detrimental to child health and development, a UK study has suggested.

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by Freya Lucas

Why kids need risk, fear and excitement in play

Risky play is thrilling and exciting play where children test their boundaries and flirt with uncertainty. They climb trees, build forts, roam the neighbourhood with friends or play capture the flag. Research shows such play is associated with increased physical activity, social skills, risk management skills, resilience and self-confidence. These findings make intuitive sense when you watch children at play.

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