Research has shown the importance of play in developing children’s cognitive, emotional, social and physical development. As part of our early years approach, we highly value learning through play and believe that it is how our children learn best.
The Early Years Foundation Stage guidelines state that children learn best when they are playing and exploring, active and independent. With this in mind, we create practical and fun activities to engage the children and extend their learning and have created activities similar to what we would provide in the classroom for you to try at home during this time.
You may like to follow the daily timetable below whilst your child is learning from home. The timetable is very similar to our usual routine at school, however please feel free to move things around to suit you and your child. We understand that everybody is in a different situation and that you must do what is right for you and your family. I have provided a timetable with symbols and one with the same photos that we use at school to support your child whilst they are learning at home.
During play times on the timetable, you may like to focus on developing your child’s communication skills. You can do this by modelling language and playing with and alongside your child. You can try strategies such as pausing at the end of a sentence to encourage your child to fill in the word, e.g. “ready, steady….” “You are playing with the…”.
If your child is learning to communicate using photos or symbols, you may like to put their favourite toys and activities away or up high and provide a photo or symbol at their levels for them to give to you to communicate what they would like to play with. You could also do this at meal times so that your child can request what they would like to eat and drink. If you need any support with making symbols and photos, please let me know and I will happily create some for you to use at home.