Support for Early Years Education during COVID19

We know how important the first 5 years of a child's life are. During the COVID 19 pandemic you may be wondering what you can do to help support your child's development. Whether your child has continued to attend their early years provider or stayed at home, things have been very different for us all. With so much information out there around supporting your child's education we know that it can be over whelming. This is why we have created this webpage to gather some key ideas and information specifically for children under 5 years old. Whether your little one is about to start school or they are under 2 there is information here to support children's development which we hope you find helpful.

To help us understand how helpful this page is to families (and practitioners who support families) we would like to receive feedback and would be very grateful if you could spare 5 minutes of your time to answer a few questions about the information available on this page. Please visit our Early Years Education during Covid19 feedback survey.

 

0 - 2 year olds

Hungry Little Minds

Simple and fun activities from Hungry Little Minds. These have been put together to help give you more inspiration when ideas might feel as though they are running dry after so many weeks and months spent at home. Activities have been designed for children from newborn to 5 years old!

I Can Booklets

To help you identify some of the developmental milestones your 0 - 2 year old could be doing at this stage and support you with activities to encourage their development please view the I Can booklet series in our Healthy Child Service pages. You can find these by visiting the Parent Track and clicking on the picture closest to your child's age.

Look, Say, Sing, Play

Strong child carer bonds are also key in all stages of a child's development. The NSPCC's Look Say Sing Play programme has lots of useful and helpful hints and tips and activities for you to try at home with your child. You can also sign up to receive weekly updates straight to your inbox.

Tiny Happy People

Tiny Happy People bring together lots of fun activities and information to help you develop your child's language and communication skills. They also provide information on ways you can bond with your baby before they are even born and develop bonds in your child's early life.

The Baby Club

CBeebies The Baby Club is aimed at young children and shows what joining a baby group can be like. Lots of singing and ideas to do with your baby.

York Family Learning - Early Start

Family Learning York's Early Start is a rolling programme of three x 10-week modules, aimed at parents, carers and grandparents with a 1 or 2 year old and is very closely aligned to the NSPCC “Look Say Sing Play” campaign. Learners can join us at the start of any term.

The course is an ideal first step into Family Learning for both the adult and child. The main focus is around speech, language and communication, and broadening children’s experiences of the world through a variety of activities both indoors and out. Adults talk about the skills children develop from different activities and build up a toolbox full of ideas and resources to use at home.

In the autumn term, we focus on words and language. In the spring term we look at on numbers, and in summer we explore outdoor play, but books, rhymes, song, messy play and simple communication techniques feature throughout the course.

The online model will run to a slightly different format, with videos and resources being shared in advance of sessions to try out at a convenient time. We then have Zoom sessions to talk about it … always allowing for the fact that children may be joining in!

More information is available on the York Learning website.

2-4 year olds

Here are a few websites you might like to visit to find out more information on fun ways you can support your child to learn whilst at home and out and about.

Government's help children aged 2 to 4 to learn at home during coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Government have put together helpful advice for parents and carers of children aged 2 - 4 years, who have not yet started school, to support their learning at home. Visit their learn at home during coronavirus (COVID-19) page for further information.

BBC Bitesize

BBC Bitesize, has put together lots of helpful home learning activities and games to make learning fun for you and your child, specifically designed for pre school children.

EYFS Home

The EYFS Home, have created themed activities everyday for children aged 3 - 5 years old. There's even a timetable if you like things ordered and structured for you, or you can plan your day around their suggestions!

Hungry Little Minds

Simple and fun activities from Hungry Little Minds. These have been put together to help give you more inspiration when ideas might feel as though they are running dry after so many weeks and months spent at home. Activities have been designed for children from newborn to 5 years old!

Tiny Happy People

Tiny Happy People bring together lots of fun activities and information to help you develop your child's language and communication skills. They also provide information on ways you can bond with your baby before they are even born and develop bonds in your child's early life

York’s Family Learning Learn Together

A series of short 5 week courses covering phonics, how children learn to read and write, numbers and arts and crafts – all designed to support your child’s communication, co-ordination skills and making learning fun for you all.  Share ideas with other parents and carers and talk about what your child learns by the activities we try out.

Also in November there will be a re-run of Get Ready for School for any parents and carers of children who have just started school or who are due to start in January More information is available on the York Learning website.

Latest information regarding your child's education

Latest Government Guidance for parents and carers on opening schools and early years settings.

If your child is about to start school

If you have children starting school in September or January, York's Family Learning “Get ready for school” course is just what you need to be able to share ideas, voice concerns and prepare both yourself and your child for the big day.

 You can contact York Family Learning on 01904 554277 / york.learning@york.gov.uk