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Helping your child at home


What parents do matters!

Parents are a child's first and most important teacher.  Reasearch shows that what parents do at home with their children makes an important difference to how well they do throughout school, and as they get older. What you do in the early years can make a real difference for your child. 

This is a lot easier than you might think.

Find some ideas for everyday things to do at home on this page.

Website links

There are lots of helpful websites and on-line guides, with information and ideas for parents and carers. Here are some that you may find useful..

What to Expect, when? - A Parent's Guide

This booklet is provided by The Department for Education, to give parents guidance about their child's learning and development in the early years foundation stage.


Activity ideas

If you want ideas for things to do with your child a great place to start is Pinterest - and it is free! If you register with Pinterest you can search using key words, such as -early years or pre school and play, activities, or resources. Go to...


Jolly Phonics

If you would like to help your child begin to learn and say letter sounds, you can listen to the sounds and find activities by downloading the Jolly Phonics letter sound app, or by visiting...


Internet safety

Even the youngest children can come across unsuitable material when they are on-line playing games and watching videos. You can help your child by using the information and videos on the following websites...

Follow the adventures of Smartie the Penguin, as he learns to stay safe on line, at:


Get up to date information about staying safe online, including using parental controls, and a range of information for ensuring the safety of older children too.

The NSPCC work in partnership with O2 to offer parents this information and support. Go to:


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Praise and encourage

Praise and encourage your child - give them the confidence to 'have a go' and support them to keep trying. This will give them a positive attitude to learning.

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Talk, talk, talk!

Have regular conversations with your child. Children will learn more language and more about the world, the more you talk with them - make sure you leave plenty of thinking time for them to reply!

Young children's brains do not process information as quickly as ours - a good rule of thumb is to give them 10 seconds to reply.


Share books

Read with your child every day. Remember that even though young children may not be able to read the words on a page they will be -

enjoying stories - learning new words - learning that written words have meaning - telling stories from the pictures - learning how to handle books.

Play outdoors

Children love the outdoors and playing outside is good for physical and mental well being. Play outside with your child and help them to practice important physical skills, such as running, climbing, throwing and catching.

Being outdoors also means that you have chance to show your child lots of interesting things. Children learn so much from first hand experiences, for example...

- what happens at the shops - what the park is like - what the weather feels like - knowing to take care near roads - and so much more!

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