Nursery at Home - Keeping up our Development
If your child must self-isolate due to being in close contact with someone who has tested positive, awaiting test results or due to bubble closure and does not have any symptoms, then you can access this part of the website to see what activities you can do at home in order to keep up to date with what we are doing in nursery. Similarly, if you are preferring to keep your child safe at home whilst the nation is in lockdown, we are also here to support you in keeping up your child's development at home.
Please remember that we do not encourage the use of books that force children to sit down at a table for long periods of time; this does not help them to learn. Instead, please ensure your child has endless opportunities to play and be curious, a chance to talk and problem solve and most importantly, be read to.
You will see that reading is at the heart of everything we do and it features twice in the planning. We created some videos to support the reading part of the planning so you know exactly what we do with our core books in nursery. We hope that you find them helpful; after a while it will just become second nature.
We also encourage talk and communication with your child whilst they are playing; this is the best way for them to develop their communication and language skills. Also, at home, we encourage you to speak your home language!
We really encourage you to upload what you've done at home onto the Evidence Me app! Speak to the front office if you don't know what to do.
Click the links to access the reading videos:
Click the red link to access a helpful document to support reading at home! Education Endowment Foundation's 7 Top Tips to Support Reading at Home
We have also been working with The Tapscott Learning Trust on producing videos to help support your child's development. We hope that you find them useful. Click the link to go directly to the Supporting Home Learning EYFS Playlist on Youtube:
A few parents asked about phonics development for their children. We don't recommend for children to be pushed into phonics and instead should commence phonics when they are ready. It is more important that children can distinguish between the sounds they hear in the environment (like a plane in the sky, a police car's siren, birds cheeping etc) before asking them to identify specific sounds in words. However, here are some online resources to help you out with the sounds.
Yasmin has put together an introductory video to help support you with what we do your children at nursery when they are ready for phonics. Two year old children should not be doing phonics, although Rohan has put together a video to guide you through Environmental Sounds which is much more appropriate for younger children.
Book of the Month
This month's Book of the Month is Ruby's Worry written and illustrated by Tom Percival. Look through the below attachment links to find a Parent Sheet of activities you can do in relation to Ruby's Worry. Here is a video reading of the book.
Children Centre Zoom Sessions
Don't forget that you can also access any of our Children's Centre Zoom sessions during this time. Please find the link here to what is on offer to our families in the Stratford and West Ham area: Children's Centre Virtual Calendar
All you need to do is register for the sessions and for further information click here: Registering for a Virtual Zoom Session