Practical

Parent: Getting into print

Annette Rawstrone provides ideas for how parents can implement practical, everyday strategies to build their children's foundations for literacy.

Maths: Hop in the box

Observe how motivated children become when they create their own number games and develop positional language by following each other.

Literacy: Diddles and dums

The books of classic author Kes Gray provide a fantastic springboard for devising rhyming games which help children to identify vowels and CVC words.

PSED: We are family

Judith Harries suggests books and simple activities to support children's understanding of how the families of their friends may be different to their own.

Physical development: Outdoor action

Try these activities in your outside space to give children a sense of playing with friends while testing their physical skills and keeping to rules on safe distancing.

New discoveries in classic picture books

Judith Harries’ series on classic picture books over the last 12 months has built into a fantastic resource for practitioners and parents, focusing on a range of authors and their individual styles.

While we can’t hug…

Following on from his bestselling book The Hug, author Eoin McLaughlin has written this genuine book for our time, talking to young children about social distancing. Find out more about how to share this book!

Talking about me...

A child’s sense of self is a very precious thing and early years practitioners have an important role to play in nurturing this through quality interactions.

Maths: Creepy crawlies

Bug hunts can be a focus for indoors as well as outdoors. Tap into children's fascinations, with cues to count, categorise and respect these tiny creatures.

Literacy: On a clear day

One positive of lockdown is that the atmosphere is noticeably clearer. Make a date with Clean Air Day on 8 October to explore the importance of reducing air pollution.

PSED: Helping hands

The books of Rosie Wellesley are a wonderful starting point to explore the rewards of being helpful, doing chores together and sharing precious things with others.

Parent: Preparing for school

Parents may be particularly worried at this time about the prospect of their child starting a new school but there is a lot they can do to smooth the transition.

Expressive arts and design: Get busy!

Days with time spent more indoors than out can be a great opportunity to focus on creative projects that will excite children and give them a real sense of achievement.

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