Understanding how a child’s brain works

Nathan Wallis, host of `All in the Mind’ will share insights on the developing brain in three sessions at Botany Downs Secondary College on Thursday. Photo supplied

Did you know that the first 1000 days of a child’s life into adulthood is crucial for brain development?

Taking about the different stages of a child’s brain development will be Nathan Wallis, the host of All in the mind and The Secret life of Girls at Botany Downs Secondary College on Thursday, Jan 28 from 7.30-9pm.

Wallis, a grandfather of two, father of three and foster father to many, will reveal little tricks to make parenting easier and help understand how a child’s brain works.

His professional background includes early childhood teacher, child therapist, social service manager, university lecturer and neuroscience trainer

Presented by the Community of Learning, Waipaparoa Kāhui Ako (that includes Point View School, Willowbank School, Baverstock Oaks School, Cockle Bay School, Somerville Intermediate and Botany Downs Secondary College) the talk on `The Developing Brain’ will throw light on how our day-to-day interactions with children and young people in their early years plays a critical role in defining later outcomes.

In contrast to what most parents believe, the outcomes are not predetermined just by your genes and it’s not about learning alphabets, numbers or colours. It’s about being in a safe, loving and interactive environment, says Wallis.

“During the day he will speak in three sessions aimed at teachers from kindergarten through to secondary school. In the evening, Nathan is giving a talk for parents who wish to learn more to help them understand their children better. This ticketed event runs from 7.30-9.00pm,” says Robin Kirkham, principal Point View School and Waipaparoa Kāhui Ako Leader.