Learning at home
The early years are some of the most important developmental periods in a child’s life and need to be invested in both at home and in childcare settings to have the biggest impact.
It is no surprise that research shows that learning at home can have a significant impact on children’s cognitive development that can prepare them for life-long learning. Positive links have also been made between parents and carers engagement with children’s development from birth and their children’s future health, educational achievement, economic well-being and relationships during adulthood.
Key to this is parent’s confidence and knowledge about what is best for their child. Research has identified seven prime areas, which have been called the Early Home Learning Environment Index (EHLEI), as the most important elements of home learning:
- Parents and carers reading to their child
- Parents and carers taking their child to the library
- Children playing with letters
- Parents and carers helping their child to learn the alphabet
- Parents and carers teaching their child numbers or counting
- Parents and carers teaching their child songs, poems or nursery rhymes
- Children painting or drawing at home
The internet has a wide variety of fantastic websites that can give some fun and stimulating activities you can do at home. Here are some of our favourites!
- The Imagination Tree https://theimaginationtree.com/
- Early Learning HQ https://www.earlylearninghq.org.uk/
- Hands On As We Grow https://handsonaswegrow.com/
We try to support parents with home learning through informal and formal conversations, two-way information sharing, newsletters and lending resources such as our book sharing library. If you would like some additional advice on how you can support your child’s learning at home, please don’t hesitate to speak to your child’s key person or a member of the management team.