This year, we are taking part in a special baby watching programme for both our Year 4 classes. Once a week a mother brings her very young baby to a school classroom for 20-30 minutes. Mother and baby do whatever is needed: playing, sleeping, feeding, changing, crying, soothing, enjoying being together. The children watch. A Group Leader asks the children questions that encourage them to look carefully and notice how parent and baby signal to each other and attune to each other’s needs, motivation and feelings. All the children's observations are received with interest by the Group Leader as they watch the parent and baby and experience how a secure attachment relationship develops. The programme has been proven to help develop children’s ability to show empathy and sympathy for others over time. The Year 4 children are very excited to start their programme with our volunteer mummy and baby. For more information on this programme please click the link here.