Home education during the COVID19 pandemic
It is important that you support your child’s emotional well-being, as well as your own during this unusual time. It can help to have a routine, these give children a sense of security and control over their environment. If your Little Learner is used to being at Nursery for several days of the week, spending much more time at home can feel unsettling. Routines can also be effective in managing negative behaviour particularly when it comes to transitions into new tasks.
Your child may still be making sense of what’s happening, they may feel the stress of the adults and siblings around them but perhaps don’t quite understand why everyone is feeling this way or why they can’t do some of their usual activities.
The most important thing to remember is, we’re all in this together. Each family is different and may have one or more parents working from home in bedrooms or perhaps at the kitchen table. Perhaps some families have parents who aren’t working at the moment and are facing a lot more time at home than they are used to. Whatever your situation, please remember to be kind. Be kind to yourself, be kind to your family and be kind to others.
Can you help me with home education?
We are delighted to be able to offer a comprehensive range of home education to our Little Learners. This can compliment learning in the classroom or take place at home if your Little Learner is not currently attending Nursery. All parents/carers can access home education through their Little Learners Tapestry account. A combination of material will be provided through videos, photos, attachments, downloads and instructions. Our Nursery Crew will provide a selection of the following;
- Story time – a video of a member of Nursery Crew reading a book
- Ideas from the classroom – learning challenges taking place in the classroom to recreate at home
- Personalised learning challenges from your childs key person
- Learning Champions Awards – celebrations of success and acheivements
- Learning theme challenge demonstrations – videos of learning theme challenges as a guide for parents/carers to support teaching at home
- Phonics demonstrations and guidance
- Downloads via the website (further down this page) with learning challenges for the three prime areas of learning
- Whole Nursery family learning theme challenges
Can you provide resources for the learning challenges?
We are pleased to offer home learning packs to families who would like resources to help their child continue learning at home. These are in addition to the many available resources to download on the website. If you would like a home learning pack at any time please call us and we will arrange this for you.
These may include such items as;
- Whiteboard and marker pen
- Activity ideas
- Masking tape/glue
- Counters/stacking blocks
We are working on providing some craft resource packs for families who would like to access them – please check back soon for further information.
Is there a schedule of work to follow?
We have put together a full timetable of home education for families to participate in with their Little Learners. Perhaps if you have more time on your hands than usual, maybe you welcome the structure to the day. If your Little Learner usually attends part time, possibly just join in the days they would usually be at Nursery. If you would prefer to focus on one, good quality activity per day, please do this too.
Please remember, any time your child can join in with their sibling’s school project, learn a new skill or have an adult’s attention for good quality play should be valued learning time.
The learning theme at Nursery for Spring is ‘Our World’.
Children’s Mental Health Week
Week commencing 1st February is Children’s Mental Health week. The theme this year is to explore the different ways we can express ourselves, and be creative about ways to share our feelings, our thoughts and our ideas .We will be promoting the importance of looking after our mental health throughout the week within our small group times and focused activities. The week will end on Friday 5th February with ‘Dress to Express’ day for everyone! We will be inviting our whole school and nursery community both on site and at home to dress to impress and we would love you all to upload a photo on to Tapestry for us to see. We would love for our Nursery families to take part by dressing to express but by also taking part in our ‘screen free’ afternoon on Friday. Instead of using a tablet, iPad, TV or computer to keep busy, you could try one of the following activities with your Little Learner to help them to learn to express themselves. Which activity will you choose?!
We regularly review our home education offer and will be updating the format in which we offer our home education from week commencing 8th February 2021, to ensure our offer is closely alligned with our Nursery classroom curriculum.
We publish our medium term planning on the Early Years Foundation Stage page, if you would like to see what our schedule of work is for the terms ahead.
Have you got any quickly accessible ideas?
We have put together some easily accessible ideas for you to choose from, please click on the links below for Physical, Maths and Literacy Development ideas.
The Healthy Movers programme is designed to support two to five year olds’ physical literacy, self-esteem and well-being, helping them gain a better start in life
Many parents have reported that they are unsure about how children will be taught to read in schools and are concerned that they don’t want to do anything that may confuse or disadvantage their children in any way. Don’t worry! Anything that you do to develop your child’s love of language is a good thing. If you are looking for specific ideas, there are lots of starting points here (phonicsplay.co.uk)