Helping your child at home

We have listed some suggestions about how to support your child's learning at home.

Encourage Independence

When children come to Nursery we encourage them to undertake simple tasks independently, such as taking their coats on and off, washing their hands after using the toilet, putting their own apron on.  We feel this is very important to develop children’s self esteem and co-ordination skills.  These tasks can be easily practised at home and remember to praise the children’s efforts, no matter how small!

Develop good listening skills

The ability to listen is important in a child’s learning journey and it is an on-going skill which they will continue to develop through their childhood.  Its everyday things that we take for granted that make the biggest difference such as talking to each other while you walk to the shops, talking about your day at family meal times, playing eye-spy whilst taking car journeys, play games like Simon Says or reading a story together at bed time.

Encouraging using number language

Encourage using number words and counting in play and everyday situations.  When your out shopping you could ask your child to help by asking them to get you 2 apples or 3 bananas.  Count the steps when going to bed, find 3 ducks in the bubble bath, count the number of red doors you walk passed on the way to Nursery.

Investigate the World around you!

Encourage wild life into your garden and talk about what you find.   Make the mini-beasts a house in the garden using leaves, stones and twigs.   Look under stones and logs in the park, take a magnifying lens to get up close!  Talk about different things you do on different days of the week.

Encourage children to move their bodies.

At Lee Royd Nursery we feel it is vitally important to encourage the children to be physically active, be outside and develop their gross motor skills.  There is so many opportunities that you can provide at home to encourage your child to be physically active such as visiting the local park, playing on the climbing equipment, playing with a football, go swimming, or riding a scooter or bike.

Develop their imagination and creativity

Children love the opportunity to be creative whether it is making a den in the garden, dressing up, pretending to be a dinosaur, making a shop or making puppets.  Its a great opportunity for parents to talk about colours and learn their names,  paint pictures, talk about sticky things, make mud pies and dance to your favourite songs on the radio.  The list is endless and children get so much out of doing it!

Don’t forget you can add photographs of things you have been doing at home onto your child’s learning journal on Tapestry.  Please ask a member of staff if you need any help.