Resources for home learning
The Early Years Team have provided a list of information, websites, strategies, and resources to help you support your child’s learning and development at home.
In the Early Years a range of strategies and evidence-based interventions are used to support each individual child’s development.
- Parent and voluntary organisations
- Charities and local organisations
- Structured teaching at home
- Home learning and fun ideas for parents to try with family
- Free resources to download
- Evidence based interventions
- Apps and software
- Communication and language
- Sensory ideas
The purpose of the local offer is to provide clear information and make provision more responsive to local needs and aspirations by directly involving children, parents and young people as well as service providers in its development and review.
The Community Medical Paediatric Service
In Barking and Dagenham, this service is available to children and young people where there are concerns about a child’s health, development or educational progress.
Early help is the support we give to children, young people and their families where they have additional needs that aren't being met by the usual services that are available to everyone, such as health and education.
When a family has additional needs, we make sure they have access to the extra support they need at the earliest possible stage so that things don't get worse.
The Early Years Inclusion Team
Provides support and advice for early years practitioners, children with SEND and their families within their educational setting (nursery or pre-school).
Parent and voluntary organisations
OASIS Parent Support Facebook page
OASIS is a parent-based volunteer support group. The group aims to give support and advice to parents that have children with autism. OASIS Facebook group offers ideas for activities, resources you can make from home using everyday household equipment and much more.
OASIS Parent Support WhatsApp group
A friendly WhatsApp group where parents, who have children with autism, can be part of a community
Just Say parents forum
The Just Say Barking and Dagenham Parent Carer Forum is for parents and carers of disabled children and young people and those with SEND.
The Forum supports you to have a say in deciding how services are provided, to make sure that resources are directed to the services parents and families value.
The Forum is part of the National Network or Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF) The Just Say Parents Forum is the main parent/carer forum in Barking and Dagenham.
Through Scarlett's Eyes
An online parent support network created by VICTA with early years information, ideas and resources for parents of children who are blind or partially sighted. Our videos share useful resources and personal journeys.
Charities and local organisations
Helps support the development of individuals (primarily with impairment, but not exclusively) by the provision of facilities and opportunities to enable greater economic, social, educational and physical mobility through personal development. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity for personal development to achieve their full potential in order to live their life as independently as possible and of their choosing.
A national charity that provides support to children and young adults from 0 to 29 who are blind or partially sighted and their families. VICTA believes that everyone has the right to an independent and fulfilling life. VICTA’s support, advice, grants and activities enable young people and their families to build skills, develop confidence and help each other toward a more positive future.
The disability equality charity in England and Wales provides practical information and emotional support when it's most needed and campaign relentlessly to create a fairer society.
Sky Badger is where you’ll find help for physical disabilities, special educational needs, mental health problems as well as finding support for your whole family. They can also support you with applying for Disability Living Allowance.
Mencap is the leading voice of learning disability. Everything we do is about valuing and supporting people with a learning disability, and their families and carers. Our vision is a world where people with a learning disability are valued equally, listened to and included.
The Purple Penguin Club
Was set up in response to parents wanting a quality, reliable respite option in which they can be confident that their children are going to enjoy.
The Sycamore Trust
Supporting the needs of individuals and families/carers for whom Autistic Spectrum Disorders and/or Learning Difficulties are a part of daily life.
S.W.A.P (Speak With A Picture)
SWAP is a project aimed at pre-school children with a social communication disorder living within the Barking & Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge Boroughs. The programme is aimed at predominantly non-verbal children or children with limited communication skills. The programme uses an alternative communication system designed to provide individuals with the ability to share their own wants and needs. The aim of the programme is for children and their families to develop communication skills that can be widely used every day.
National Autistic Society
A useful website for parents and carers with children with communication difficulties/Autism. Trained staff and volunteers bring passion and expertise to the lives of 100,000 autistic people every year through services directed towards autistic people, parents and carers and professionals.
SPELL is The National Autistic Society’s framework for understanding and responding to the needs of children and adults on the autism spectrum. It focuses on five principles that have been identified as vital elements of best practice in autism, and emphasises ways to change the environment and our approaches to meet the specific needs of each person.
A website which lends unique 'Touch to See' books to blind and partially sighted people across the UK.
The Royal National Institute for the Blind
A great website to access If you're affected by sight loss, their practical and emotional support can help you face the future with confidence. You can purchase resources such as talking books.
The Autism Education Trust (AET)
Helps children and young people with autism to receive an education, enabling them to reach their potential.
Social Stories are a social learning tool developed by Carol Gray. Social Stories are very effective at supporting children’s understanding in a safe and meaningful exchange of information between parents, professionals, and people with communication difficulties/Autism of all ages.
COVID-19 Social Story
A resource to help support children’s understanding of the COVID-19 situation.
Zones of Regulation
A framework designed to support self-regulation emotional control.
The Children’s Society
As part of our ground breaking research into the well-being of children and young people, we have worked with nef to find out what children can do to support their own well-being and how you can help.
Partnership for Children
A website promoting children’s mental wellbeing. The website shares information, free resources and activity ideas for parents.
Carers of Barking & Dagenham
They provide advice, information and support for people who care. Whether you are a parent or child, husband or wife, partner, close relative or friend we are here to provide help when you need it.
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This project offers support and activities for the families in the boroughs of Havering, Redbridge and Barking and Dagenham
Butterfly Project (PDF, 652KB)
Structured teaching at home
TEACCH (Teaching, Expanding, Appreciating, Collaborating and Co-operating, Holistic)
An approach that uses a high level of structure to support children’s learning and development.
Task Galore have a comprehensive website for parents and teachers alike, helping children become independent one step at a time.
A website demonstrating how to set up an early learning workstation at home using TEACCH
Pinterest have some excellent ideas for task to make at home using every day household item.
Early Years Inclusion Team
The Early Years Inclusion Team have created an album of simple structured tasks that parents can recreate at home.
Ideas for Workstation Tasks (PDF, 2,244KB)
Home learning and fun ideas for parents to try with family
Heuristic play describes children’s play as they explore the properties of 'objects'. The heuristic play idea simply involves allowing children to play with real-world objects that are present in the home. These 'objects' are things from the real world made of natural materials such as wood, cardboard and metal. The reason behind this is to provide children with familiar items that they can explore in several ways, without adult involvement An adult should be present at all times during play but only as an observer, for some children with SEND gentle prompts are needed.
The Best Ideas for Kids
The Best Ideas for Kids is a great website for all kinds of fun kids crafts, activities and even recipes for kids!
Learning 4 Kids
Learning 4 Kids is a great website You will find lots of fun and simple ideas to do with your children that promote creative play and learning. The website has a range of easy simple edible recipes
Family Lock Down
Family Lock down is a Facebook page where you can share ideas, activities and information through this pandemic
Games for at home
A range of simple games you can play at home to improve communication and language
Autism Little Learners
A great website for resources, stories and ideas for children with Autism
The Autism Page
A website designed by a mother of children with Autism. She shares her stories, resources and information.
Free resources to download
A website to instant access to inspirational lesson plans, schemes of work, assessment, interactive activities, resource packs, PowerPoints, teaching ideas and symbols at Twinkl
A great website that provides resources some free to support communication
Crayola have free printable colouring resources.
Practical Autism Resources
Practical Autism Resources is a very useful website for children and adults with autism, intellectual SEND and other individuals with significant neurodevelopmental differences.
Practical Autism Resources have a whole range of free symbols, social stories, activities to download
Resources for Autism
A registered charity website that provides practical services for children and adults with a diagnosis of autism and for those who love and care for them. There are a range of free printable symbols, social stories, routines and activities.
Pinterest is a web based pin board where you can discover and store ideas and inspirations to support children with special educational needs at home.
Evidence based interventions
Gina Davies - Attention Autism (Attention Builder)
An intervention model designed by Gina Davies, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist. It aims to develop natural and spontaneous communication through the use of visually based and highly motivating activities building attention skills through four stages.
A very practical approach to interacting with children with complex needs, creating pleasurable successful communicative situations, joining children in their world, and adapting a behaviour style that they can understand and respond to.
See and Learn
A teaching programme that provides evidence-based activities, guidance and support to help children with Down syndrome improve their speech, language, reading and numeracy skills.
Apps and software
Widgit are offering free resources to create Social Stories at home.
Baby Beats - Advance Bionics
An early intervention resource available as an app in the app store or google play. Discover how to use music to stimulate; bonding, brain development, early communication and listening skills and early literacy skills.
Flo Longhorn is a consultant in special education with particular reference to complex needs, profound autism and multisensory curriculum. In the below she recommends some brilliant apps for learners.
Flo Longhorn Recommended Apps (PDF, 1,725KB)
Communication and language
Picture Exchange Communication System – supporting children with communication difficulties.
A unique language programme that uses symbols, signs and speech to enable people to communicate. It supports the development of essential communication skills such as attention and listening, comprehension, memory, recall and organization of language and expression.
Pinterest have some good and easy simple ideas for homemade Sensory Activities.
Communication through touch and music. TAC PAC draws together touch and music to create a structured half hour of sensory communication between two people. TAC PAC creates sensory alignment and helps people of any age who have sensory impairment, developmental delay, complex learning difficulties, tactile defensiveness and limited or pre-verbal levels of communication.
Sensory Stuck at Home
A Facebook page that offers photographs and videos of different ideas and activities for children with sensory needs. This Facebook page is a good resource for parents, carers and professionals working with children with SEND.
A team of expert consultants, who share the best sensory approaches to breaking down barriers to learning for all children with SEND.