Home learning environment

Children are learning all the time when they're with you in your childcare setting. All of the things you do with them - from chatting as you change their nappies to counting out apples in the supermarket and debating whether to cut sandwiches into squares or triangles for lunch - their brains are taking it all in.

A rich home learning environment isn't just something that professional childminders can offer. There's lots you can do to help encourage and empower parents to create an active home learning environment as well, helping to create vibrant learning spaces for children.

#Smallthings

Small things make a big difference to a child's learning. These short videos are designed to give parents ideas and hints to help them explore ways of learning at home. Show them to parents and encourage them to give the tips a go.

Literacy for life

Discover more about how you can support early literacy and the developmental advantages it has for children and their parents.

Information to share with parents

Benefits of childcare for your toddler

If you're unsure of whether or not to use registered childcare, or to accept the funding available for some 2-year-olds, this information will help you understand the benefits that you and your baby will experience.

Sharing books

Sharing books with your child is a great way to explore ideas and learn together. Watch PACEY President and childcare expert Penny Tassoni's top tips for reading together.

Mark making - tips for parents 

Explore what mark making is and how you can support your child to develop the early skills needed to start writing and develop mathematical  understanding, creative expression, art and drawing.

Your child's key person

Whatever your childcare setting, your child will have a key person assigned to them. Learn more about what the key person's role is and how you can work well together.

Outdoor play

Access to outdoor play is so important to children's development. Learn more about why, and discover ideas and inspiration to get outside together.

Transitions and settling in

Change can be a challenge - for you as well as for your child. This factsheet looks at how you and your childcarer can work together to support your child through change - from settling in with a new childcarer to leaving childcare and heading to school.

Toilet training tips

Childcare expert Penny Tassoni shares her top tips for successful toilet training.

Supporting Behaviour

Two-year-olds can be challenging. Their developmental stage means that they can be very determined, but also impulsive. This will change as they develop language but in this "in between" stage they can be become very frustrated as they struggle to communicate their feelings. Here's a short series of videos that might make this phase a little easier.

Hungry Little Minds

Hungry Little Minds is the new Department for Education campaign that encourages parents and carers to adopt positive activities and behaviours to boost children’s communication, language and literacy development.

The campaign aims to help parents understand that they have a massive impact on their child’s learning. Reading, playing and chatting with children are simple things parents can do to help them develop, even when they are too young to say much back.

Parents can access tips and activities from
https://hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk/ and also search for activities in their area using a new postcode finder service.

Through the Eyes of a Child

The Communication Trust have produced 4 films to help parents encourage their children's communication development.  Narrated by actor Kathy Burke, the films are full of useful advice on how parents can encourage their child to talk and interact with them.  

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