We all know the past year has been a challenge for so many of us and the impact it has had on children being able to play has prevented those valuable experiences of playing with friends and developing social skills.
As parents we all know how important play is as a child learns, It is how they make sense of the works around them. They find out about themselves and others, learning how to express their feelings and manage emotions.
The Early Years Alliance is launching National Week of Play from 21st – 27th June to encourage and inspire parents to discover and explore new play ideas to do together at home.
The Importance of Play
Sign up for the free online session for parents – which gives you an opportunity to connect with other parents and carers and share ideas on how to support each other and our children’s play. Look at what is play and explore play based learning taking a closer look at how play shaped our own childhoods.
Wednesday 23 June, 1.30pm to 2.30pm.
Free Family Time resource pack
Get the free Family Time tips to try throughout the National Week of Play by following the link to download the pack.
Whether you’re a new mum or not, we all look for some guidance at times, especially when it comes to our children.
So we’ve put together a short list of useful sites to support you and your young family as they develop and some ideas to help you get them ready for school.
NASEN have produced a downloadable booklet for families with young children who may/may not have special educational needs or disabilities. ‘Time Together with your Toddler‘ has a range of different activities to do at home to fit in with you and your family. Find rhymes to sing and games to play using things you find at home alongside links to websites that help you support your child’s development.
The Hungry Little Minds Campaign is a government site that has short videos and simple activities that are suitable for children from birth-5 year olds.
Cbeebies presents a Baby Club from birth -18 months, which are 15-minute programmes, sharing simple play ideas, songs and stories with parents and their babies.
The Tots Talking app provides films and creative activities designed to increase the understanding of the importance of communication and language skills.
The Words for life app helps you understand the steps babies and children need to take in learning to talk and develop their reading skills ready for school.
Start4Life is a NHS site which offers help and advice during pregnancy, birth and parenthood. Look for the toddler and weaning recipes and answers to your questions during pregnancy.
As we all rely on more and more technology in our daily lives, children under 5 are spending more time online. Find out here how to keep your child safe and know what to do to help them develop good habits.
BookTrust have put together some stories and activities perfect for babies and young children. If you need some ideas for songs or lullabies follow the link to watch Angeline Morrison singing the lullaby Dream Angus.