Ideas for helping your child learn at home
Information, resources and useful websites to support home learning.
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Early Years Websites
- Reading with your child
- Visiting museums and landmarks around the world from your home
- Supporting children’s language development
- Ideas for activities
- Talking to your child about coronavirus
- Online Applications - Helpful guidance for parents and carers of young children on using apps
- What to expect from the Early Years Foundation Stage
- Help your child get ready for school
- The Hug Support Group
Reading with your child
National Shelf Service
A YouTube broadcast running Monday to Friday at 11am each day, helping children and families discover new, diverse reading experiences with books recommended by librarians.
Visiting museums and landmarks around the world from your own home
Visit museums and landmarks around the world including:
- The British Museum, London
- Guggenheim Museum, New York
- National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul
- Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
- The Eiffel Tower, Paris
- Stonehenge, England
- The White House, Washington
Supporting children’s language development
Ideas for activities
Talking to your child about coronavirus
Coronavirus booklet for children (PDF, 1.3MB)
Free coronavirus book by Gruffalo illustrator Alex Scheffler
A free information book explaining the coronavirus to children.
Online Applications - Helpful guidance for parents and carers of young children on using apps
What to expect from the Early Years Foundation Stage - a guide for parents
Help your child get ready for school
Help your child get ready for school leaflet (PDF, 1.1MB)
The Hug Support Group
The Hug is a community group focused on parents, we care about their wellbeing and mental health. It is a safe, non-judgmental, inclusive project where the aim is to cater to the needs of the attendees, allowing discussions and offering help.
We welcome any parent of any age group, Children are welcomed as well. Our group is mostly attended by mothers between 20 and 45 years old, their children are usually below 5 years old.
We provide emotional and practical support. Signposting to services, individual support when needed. We listen and welcome parents’ problems, questions and concerns, we discuss about what parents feel relevant or we propose some discussion topics.
We use Zoom for now, but hope to welcome back parents at the Gascoigne Children Centre at some point in the future.
Every Monday at 11 am.
Participants can email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the Zoom link.
Resources for older children
- British Library's Discovering Children's Books
- 50-50 LAB
- Raspberry Pi Foundation - Learn at home initiative
British Library's Discovering Children's Books
Aimed at primary school children, teachers and book-lovers of all ages, Discovering Children's Books explores the history and rich variety of children’s literature, through treasures from the British Library, Seven Stories, Bodleian Libraries and the V & A. It has a whole bank of creative activities for children of all ages, from creating your own comic to making a miniature book or inventing a superhero.
50-50 LAB is a successful attitude and effort enhancing, character skill based, personal development system.
Parent/carers use LAB Home with their children to embed social skills, improve behaviour, reduce anxiety and build confidence.
Video - Introducing 50-50 LAB to parents and carers:
Video - Introducing 50-50 LAB to young people:
How to sign up to and use 50-50 LAB for free (PDF, 1.8MB)
Raspberry Pi Foundation - Learn at home initiative
Raspberry Pi Foundation have launched a new, free Learn at home initiative to support parents and young people with coding at home. You don’t need any coding experience to join in, and all of their resources and activities are free forever.
Every Monday, they release new themed code-along videos about projects designed for all levels of ability, and every Wednesday, they host a live coding session. They also provide support tutorials for parents interested in learning about coding tools such as Scratch and Python, and over 200 coding projects with step-by-step instructions that are accessible online at any time - all for free.
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COVID-19 Parent guidance
COVID-19 Parent guidance (PDF, 554KB)