What can you do at home to support your child?

On this page we have tried to give you some suggestions about how to support your child’s learning at home.


Encouraging Independence

When children come to our nursery, we try to encourage them to undertake simple independent task, such as taking on and off their coats, taking their shoes on and off and using the toilet by themselves. We feel this is important to develop children’s self esteem and co-ordination skills. These tasks can be easily practiced at home. Remember to praise every attempt, no matter how small.


Communication, Language and Literacy

Developing good listening skills

The ability to listen is important in a child’s learning journey. This is an on-going skill which they will continue

through their childhood. Some suggestions on how to support this at home could be:

  1. At family meal times, encourage all family members to listen and talk to each other, taking it in turns to talk.
  2. Read books to your child, especially at bed time.
  3. Taking advantage of long car journeys to play simple games for example eye spy
  4. Playing Simon says


Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy

Encouraging using number language in play or in everyday situations

  1. When you are out shopping, you could ask your child to help by asking them to get you three apples or two bananas
  2. When its bath time, see if your child can count items in the bathroom such as ducks, toys or tiles!
  3. Maybe ask your child to help you set the table, they could help get out four forks, three spoons etc
  4. Taking advantage of long car journeys to play simple games for example or “how many red cars can you see.

Knowledge and Understanding of the World

Encouraging your child to understand and investigate the world around them

  1. Encourage wild life into your garden and talk about what they are.
  2. You could explore the garden looking under stones and logs, you can even use a magnifying glass to get up close and personal!
  3. Talk about what activities you do on different days of the week e.g. “we go to nursery on a Wednesday”


Physical Development

Encourage children to use their bodies

  1. Walking to nursery
  2. Visiting the park and climbing on the equipment
  3. Riding bikes or scooters
  4. Kicking a football


Creative Development

Encouraging make believe games

  1. Make dens using sheets and pillows over a chair or table
  2. Dressing up
  3. Making puppets and putting on a show – you can either make your puppets out of paper bags or stick faces to straws or sticks.


Useful Recipes

 To Make Play dough

  • 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt, 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate soda, 1 tablespoon oil, food colouring and 1 cup of water.
  • Mix all together and kneed.


To Make Salt Dough

  • In a large bowl mix salt and flour together.
  • Gradually stir in water. Mix well until it forms a doughy consistency.
  • Turn the dough onto the bench and kneed with your hands until smooth and combined.
  • Make your creations using the salt dough.
  • Place the salt dough creations into the oven at 180C


Some Useful Websites