Remember to be kind to yourself during this time. This is a stressful time for everyone and especially parents. You don’t need to turn your home into a nursery and double up as a practitioner, there are lots of different ways to have fun whilst playing.
Remember that Albert Einstein once said, “Play is the highest form of research.”
Don’t stress too much about ‘homeschooling’ under 5s. The three most important things you can do each day are Chat, Play, and Read.
Understanding the development stages (Free Download)
This ‘What to expect, when?’ document will give you guidance on your child’s learning and development in the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’ (or EYFS for short). The EYFS is a framework which sets out the learning and development stages for children as they grow from birth to five years. It’s been created to show those working in the early years what they need to do to support your child.
This document has been written to help you as a parent/carer know what to expect during these vitally important years by focusing on the seven areas of learning and development which are covered in the EYFS. This should be a good starting point for supporting your children’s learning from home.
Free Resources to support the Seven Areas of Learning and Development
The seven areas of learning and development which are covered in the EYFS are:
We’ve pulled together a bunch of resources from some well-known celebrities and children’s entertainers who we’ve collaborated with below and labelled them up for you. So you know exactly how they will help your child to develop and you can be confident that playing does lead to learning.
Up first we have some amazing videos and games from some of our chosen collaborators…
Learn Baby Sign Language (Communication & Language)
Make slime with Dr Zob (Expressive Arts & Design, Communication & Language)
Enjoy a Family Yoga Game (Personal, Social & Emotional Development)
Download the game pack here
Learn The Magic of Mindfulness (Personal, Social & Emotional Development)
Learn British Sign Language (Communication & Language)
Learn the Magic of Books (Literacy)
Here you can find links to celebrities who have also started online communities to support parents and children with home learning during this time.
PE With Joe Wicks
Join Joe Wicks otherwise known as “The Body Coach” and the other 1 million Households who tune in to watch the nation’s favourite unofficial PE teacher.
Audio Stories with David Walliams
David Walliams has released a free audio story each day for the next 30 days to help keep children entertained. Find out more here.
Kids Cook With Theo
Music Class with Myleene Klass
Don’t forget, that for as long as schools are closed, audible is open. Kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.