It is important for parents to take an interest in their child’s early learning, by spending time on helping their child to learn about letters, numbers as well as the world around them.
Encouraging learning at home will have a positive effect on a child’s development. Research has shown that parental involvement in a child’s early learning can help with school readiness. The Early Years Foundation Stage supports a parent’s involvement with their child’s development.
There are many ways in which a parent can support their child’s development at home. Simple activities, such as reading or singing nursery rhymes, can help with their child’s basic language skills. Outdoor activities can develop a child’s understanding of the world around them, as well as supporting a range of development areas such as Maths and physical development. Common activities for parents to help their child’s early learning are:
- Reading at home
- Taking them to the library
- Playing with letters
- Learning the alphabet
- Teaching them numbers or counting
- Teaching them songs, poems or nursery rhymes
- Painting and drawing at home