Parent essentials

Are you a parent using childcare? Working in partnership with your childcare provider is the very best way to help your child get the most out of their time in nursery or with a childminder.

To help you make the most of your relationship, we've put together a range of factsheets, videos, activities and guides to help you work with your childcarer and help to extend your child's learning environment.


Grab yourself a well-earned coffee and explore some of PACEY’s blogs. From why music matters to the benefits of baby massage – there’s something for everyone. 

Physical Development

Parents play a vital role in their child’s development, physical development is all about the growth and development of the brain and body. It involves the child developing control of their muscles and physical coordination. So whether that’s learning to crawl, holding a spoon or balancing bricks in a tower, providing opportunities for children to develop this control is important.

Physical activity is a broad term referring to all bodily movement that uses energy. It can include activities which encourage physical development, like PE, indoor and outdoor play and active travel (e.g. walking, cycling, scooting) and daily routines.

PACEY’s working alongside academics from the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University  to produce a daily activity idea for parents and carers. Focussed on supporting your childs physical skills, you can find the activities in the free Play to Learn Facebook group.


These ideas will help you extend your child's learning from their childcare setting into your home.

Exploring books

Explore books with your little one and see how much more you can get out of them together by using our activity sheets. 

Crafty ideas to try at home offers fun crafts and activities linked to your child's key learning outcomes.

You and your 2-year-old

At 2, children are beginning to move from total dependance on their parents to exploring independance and self-sufficiency. It's an exciting time, but can also be a challenge! We've got some useful hints and tips to help you embrace this exciting time.

Boost your home learning environment

Keep those little minds learning! There are many little things you can do that will make a big difference to your child. Discover more about how to create a rich learning environment in your home.

Starting school

If your child is moving from childcare to school then we've got the information you. Includes a range of activities to do together.


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