Nursery - how you can help at home!


Giving your child time to talk – and also having time when they have to listen – teaches vital speaking and listening skills. You could take turns to talk about the best part of your day during dinner. Can they ask questions to find out more? Can they remember their sibling’s favourite part of the day?




Reading – please share a bedtime story with your child for at least 10 minutes each night. Talk about favourite stories and characters. Let your child see you reading for pleasure. Join the library and go and borrow books regularly.

Also, did you know that if young children know eight nursery rhymes by the time they are four years old, they're usually amongst the best readers by the time they are eight? Rhyming helps children to break words down and to hear the sounds that make up the words in preparation for reading and writing. So why not sing songs with your child and have a rhyme timje everyday. 

Try making up your own songs and rhymes. Use rhymes with actions and props to support multi sensory learning. Draw children's attention to alliteration and rhyming words. There are lots of nursery rhyme sites on line -  here is one we use in school  - - encourage your child to join in as well as watching the animations on screen. CDs in the car are also a great way to develop this.

We focus on Phase 1  of Letters and  Sounds in Nursery - this provides the children with the skills they will need when learning to read and raises their awareness of the sounds around them and develops their listening skills. Please see the PowerPoint below for further information around Phase 1 and 2 of Letters and Sounds.


Can your child recognise their name? Make cards with family members names on - can your child find their own? 





Mark making


Can your child write any letters from their name - the first capital letter is a good one to start with and then introduce a letter at a time. 


Practice recognising all the sounds and letters in your child's name - Phonics play games from phase 1 and 2 may be useful.


Draw, paint, make collages or models. Draw, paint or make  things they enjoy from home or from school.


Physical skills

Practice putting on and taking off coats - this will help them to develop independence at  Nursery and they feel very proud of themselves when they are able to  do this on their own. 

Practice managing toileting needs - we are always around to offer support but it's helpful for you to encourage your child to get themselves on and off the toilet, managing their clothes and washing their hands.


Go to the park and climb and swing - all really helpful when developing motor control.


Use scissors to cut small pieces of paper (see below collages) or to cut out simple shapes by following the lines.


Practice throwing and catching using a ball, bean bag or hoop.



Find numbers when you are out and about or when you are at home. Count anything and everything. 


Find shapes when you are out and about or when you are at home. Remember to look for circles triangles, squares and rectangles


Useful websites - a game about first days at school - this is the site we use when singing nursery rhymes in school.



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