ChildSafe Australia knows that children form their sense of self and their environment in their homes. Families are central to a child’s development, awareness of self, and safety. Whilst ChildSafe primarily works with organisations to create safe people, safe programs, and safe places for children, we also recognise and actively support the roles of parents and families.
A child’s learning and socialisation are most influenced by their family since the family is the child’s primary social group. Child development happens physically, emotionally, socially, and intellectually during this foundational time.
If our foundations are not solid, we find it more challenging to be successful in our relationships with others, work, health, and ourselves. So, it cannot be stressed enough how important the family is in the development of a child.
Knowing how vital the role of the family is in the development of children is crucial. As parents, you are your child’s first teacher. More than daycare or other caregivers, most of your child’s learning happens at home with their family. Creating an environment where your child can learn the appropriate skills and values, as well as learn how to socialise and be secure, creates a solid foundation upon which your child can grow.
Your child gets their primary sense of security from their family. They rely on you to ensure their basic needs, such as shelter, food, and clothing, are met.
Even more so, there is emotional security at home that your child will not find in any other place. Once your child goes to school, they will learn more public and social skills, but when they are at home is when your child really learns how to be themselves and express themselves fully.