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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)

Lending Library

In each classroom you will find a lending library for the children.  Families are encouraged to borrow a book to enjoy sharing at home before returning it to the basket the following week (or at their next session).  Book reviews can also be completed to encourage further discussion around the story.


Take Home Bears

In each classroom you will find a take home bear for the children to take turns to share with their families. Benji Bear (pictured below) is our newest recruit and is excited about learning with our Little Learners on their very own adventures! Each bear has its own diary for families to record what they have been up to, this is shared at group time when the bear is returned to Nursery.



Its so wonderful to see what the children have been learning at home so be sure to share any new significant learning and events on your child’s Tapestry account for them to share with their key person.


In the event of a school and Nursery closure, here are some home learning resources that link into our current learning theme, ‘How do we grow?’. 

Educational TV programmes

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.