Ideas to support your child’s learning at home

Here are some activities you could try at home to promote play-based learning.  All activities are linked to the new 2021 Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

 New Early Learning GoalIdeas to support EYFS learning at home
Prime Areas of LearningCommunication and Language
1. Listening, Attention and Understanding
2. Speaking
Shared book-reading is a great way to have extended conversations with children and helps to build their vocabulary.
Offer your child lots of interesting things to investigate, like different living things and invite them to ask questions to discuss or find out.
Read to or with them every day and allow time for discussion. The BookTrust's 'Bookfinder' website can help you to pick high-quality books.
 Personal, Social and Emotional Development
1. Self-Regulation
2. Managing Self
3. Building Relationships
 Play games and model useful phrases like "Can I have a turn?" or "My turn next."
 Discuss and label emotions and perseverance. The film 'Inside Out' has characters for different feelings and provides lots of things to talk about to support their understanding of emotions and their impact.
 Support the child to develop age-appropriate independence with activities like getting dressed or fetching their drink cup or fruit.
Facilitate play dates with other children
Physical Development
1.  Gross Motor Skills 
2. Fine Motor Skills 
Give them lots of play outdoors!
Invite your child to build an obstacle course, either at home if safe or in the park.
Play doh provides great opportunities to strengthen little fingers - there are lots of recipes online to make your own if you don't have any.
Activities using children's large tweezers, pipettes, buttons or construction materials like lego all help develop the fine motor skills that support early writing too.
Specific Areas of LearningLiteracy
1. Comprehension
2. Word Reading
3. Writing

Talk about what is happening in the books you read together
Invite your child to predict what could happen next or even to write their own ending!
Help you child to have fun practising letter formation in interesting ways e.g. with a paintbrush and water on a wall, using their fingers to form a letter in a tray of salt, using paint. Help them to learn to write their name when ready.
Use magnet letters or bits of paper to spell a word ending like 'at'. Encourage children to put other letters in front to create rhyming words like 'hat' and 'cat'.
Once children have early writing skills, play fun sentence games writing a line of a silly story each.
1. Number
2. Numerical Patterns 
 Count in everyday activities - counting the stairs, fingers and toes and in cooking. Invite your child to count up and back
BBC Numberblocks is popular with lots of children and can be accessed free on CBeebies i-player.
Sing songs involving counting (1, 2, 3,4, 5, once I caught a fish alive/ 10 green bottles etc)
  Understanding the World
1. Past and Present 
2. People, Culture and Communities 
3. The Natural World 
Compare toys from then and now. Talk about the toys you or other family members used to play with and discuss how they've changed.
 Go to the local woods or park to explore! What can they find? What do they want to learn more about? How can we describe the environment? Collect natural resources that show the changing of the seasons (leaves, conkers)
Enjoy trips to interesting places that spark lots of talking, e.g. the beach, museums (many like the National History museum, much of the Science museum and others are free) or library events that celebrate different cultures or community events
Expressive Arts and Design
1. Creating with Materials
2. Being Imaginative and Expressive 
Collect 'junk modelling' materials and invite the child to use their imagination to make a boat/ building/ car/ rocket.
Listen to and dance to lots of different types of music! Notice and talk about the tempo (how fast it is) and dynamics and invite them to think about which types of music the prefer.
Can your child make up a dance to their favourite piece of music?