The home learning environment

Remote Learning

Resources designed to support schools and settings to provide remote learning in the EYFS can be found on the SfYC Moodle under the Remote Learning QuickLink.

Users will need to log onto the Moodle using their usual setting or school username and password. To access the relevant section, when prompted please use the enrolment code REMYR for Year R materials and REMEYFS for materials for younger children.

There has been an increased focus on the important role parents and carers play in supporting learning at home.

We know that,

parents [and carers] play a key role in children's learning. They are experts on their own children, and they are a child's first and enduring educators
(National Children’s Bureau -NCB, 2010).

When we talk about the home learning environment, we mean the physical home and the positive relationships and talk within it, that support a child’s learning. Research has shown that the quality of the home learning environment is more important for children’s development than parents’/carers occupation and education.

What parents do is more important than who parents are.
 (Effective Pre-school, Primary and Secondary Education Project -EPPSE, 2004)

Whatever motivates parents/carers, the important thing is that they engage with their child on activities and experiences they are interested in. The breadth of experiences will vary but the value will be the back and forth conversations between adult and child.

When Early Years parenting is seen as warm and nurturing and encourages children’s natural curiosity, children are helped to become good learners with better outcomes.

The government is supporting this with resources such as Hungry Little Minds and Tiny Happy People. To encourage parents to engage in these positive experiences Hampshire County Council’s Services for Young Children Advisory Team has developed a range of leaflets to help and support parents and carers with home learning.

The guides include a range of fun activities for children aged 0-5 years to do in their home and garden. The activities that have been included are broad and balanced, accessible and low cost, using resources that are easy to find. The guides are designed to provide a range of activities some of which can be carried out with one child, or some which can involve the whole family.

The YouTube clip shows the Duchess of Cambridge talking about the vital part that parents and carers have in supporting their child’s development. As a mother of young children herself she is able to share her experiences.

Home Learning Activity Guides and links to helpful resources

NEW: 'Home Learning booklet Winter edition' and 'Home Learning booklet Christmas edition'.

Home Learning booklet 1

Home Learning booklet 2

Home Learning booklet 3

Home Learning booklet 4

Home Learning booklet 5

Home Learning booklet 6

Here are a selection of the home learning documents produced by Services for Young Children during the Coronavirus pandemic. If you would like additional information about how to help your children’s home learning please ask your childcare provider as they have access to a range of similar materials.
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Hungry little minds - support home learning

Hungry Little Minds -  a national campaign with ideas to support children's learning at home, or as part of everyday activities like catching the bus or doing the shopping.