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Home Learning Environment


The home is the single most significant environmental factor in enabling children to develop the trust, attitude and skills that will help them to learn and engage positively with the world. A good home learning environment provides the love, security, stimulation, encouragement and opportunities that help children to flourish- a process that begins at birth, if not before.

What do you mean by Home Learning?

The home learning environment incorporates everything children experience at home in the context of their family and community. Try to engage in meaningful activities that encourage thinking and talking to stretch your child’s mind as part of everyday life. This can enhance children’s development significantly.

Here are some ideas;

❏ Reading, sharing books and going to the library
❏ Going out on visits (see your local Children’s Centre for a variety of groups)
❏ Playing with print (letters and numbers) (perhaps add some foam letters to bath time)
❏ Singing songs and nursery rhymes (perhaps create a list with your child of songs you can sing together)
❏ Drawing and painting (making meaningful marks) and playing with friends (water and paintbrushes on a dry fence is a great fun way to make marks)


Home learning resources linked to our current learning theme, ‘Adventures and Holidays’. 

Wake up, shake up 

At Little Learners we often encourage the children to take part in a ‘wake up, shake up’ session first thing in the morning. This helps them to wake up their muscles and be ready for the day. We have compiled a collection of the Nursery Crews favourite songs to play during this time. I am sure your Little Learner will recognise most of them!

Wash Your Dirty Hands 

Funky Monkey 

Ready, Steady, Go

Shake Your Sillies Out  

Raise Your Hands 

Let’s Go Walking 

Zooming To The Moon

I Jump Out Of Bed In The Morning 

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes 

Stand Up, Sit Down 

Cool Down – this is a good way to finish your ‘Wake up, shake up’ session


Educational Apps 

  • Meet the Alphablocks – available on Android and Apple
  • Meet the Numberblocks – available on Android and Apple
  • Doodlebuddy – available on Apple
  • Maths 3-5 – available on Apple


Twinkl is offering every teacher, parent and carer in England access to all Twinkl resources with a One Month Ultimate Membership, totally free of charge. This means your Little Learner can still have access to many different resources and learning during any periods of disruption.

Setting this up is really easy to do – go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS


Phonics Play 

Phonics Play is offering free access to some of their resources and interactive games – when teaching phonics for our pre-school age children we focus on lots of attention and listening games. Phonics Play has a brilliant section that explains this in more detail – https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/PreSchool.htm

Cosmic Yoga 

Your Little Learner should already be familiar with some of the Cosmic Yoga routines, there is a real variety of stories to follow that will encourage mindfulness and relaxation.



No cook play dough recipe – taken from https://theimaginationtree.com/

Play dough is the most wonderful resource for children to make and play with – the opportunities and challenges you can set are endless.


  • 2 cups plain flour (all purpose)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil  (baby oil and coconut oil work too)
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 1 to 1.5 cups boiling water (adding in increments until it feels just right)
  • gel food colouring (optional)
  • few drops glycerine (optional)


  • Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing bowl
  • Add food colouring to the boiling water then into the dry ingredients
  • Stir continuously until it becomes a sticky, combined dough
  • Add the glycerine (optional)
  • Allow it to cool down then take it out of the bowl and knead it vigorously for a couple of minutes until all of the stickiness has gone. * This is the most important part of the process, so keep at it until it’s the perfect consistency!*
  • If it remains a little sticky then add a touch more flour until just right

FREE Audio Books 

Amazon have removed the subscription requirement to access books and audio stories for children. For as long as schools are closed, you can stream an amazing collection of stories for children. Stream for free via your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.


Dave the dog   -a child friendly story about a dog called Dave who is worried about Corona Virus. Please ensure you have looked through this story before sharing it with your child to ensure you are happy with the content.


BBC Tiny Happy People

This site provides plenty of indoor activities that are perfect for keeping your little ones entertained, there are others that can be easily adapted so you can do them from the comfort of your home or garden.

ABC Does Home Learning  – (At Least) 50 Fantastic Ideas to Try at Home

A fabulous selection of ideas from Alistair Bryce-Clegg. Our Nursery Practitioners often create similar activities and provocations at Nursery and so your Little Learner should already be familiar with a number of these.

Department For Education – Help children aged 2 to 4 to learn at home during coronavirus (COVID-19)

The DFE have released some advice for parents and carers of children who have not yet started school. This advice also includes a link to the Hungry Little Minds campaign which offers simple, fun activities for kids, from newborn to five.

Within the guidance from the DFE, they suggest video calls to friends and family that the children are missing. Please feel free to use our social media pages to try and link up with the parents of your children’s friends, wouldn’t it be great to give the children the opportunity to talk to their friends whilst they are away from nursery.


‘There Is No Dragon In This Story’ – by Lou Carter.

Read by Megan Burton-Dickie (and family!). 


More home learning ideas…

The Nursery Crew have been searching high and low for more ideas to share with our Little Learners and their families. Some of these ideas have been created by our Nursery Practitioners at home and others have been found on the internet. Don’t forget to share any home learning with us on Tapestry!