March 15 Parenting Tips Why the First Five Years are so Important: The 10 Stages of Play From day one, your little one is growing, changing, learning and developing. We now know that from the time of birth until age 5, a child’s brain develops more than at any other time in their life! 90%! These five years are essential and, the best part is that as caregivers, you have the ability to really steer how the brain develops. This early brain development has a lasting impact on a child’s ability to learn, to develop social and emotional abilities and ability to succeed in school and life. So, how can you help?