Message sent from:

Courage Compassion Perseverance Teamwork

For further information about our EYFS please see the Foundation Stage tab under the Children tab.

Foundation Stage - Ideas for helping at home

We follow the new Early Years Foundation Stage framework and work around the seven areas of learning. Here are a few ideas to help you to support your child's learning at home.

Personal, Social, Emotional Development

  • Encourage your child to say please and thank you.
  • Encourage your child to take his/her own coat on and off.
  • When playing with your child, support them in sharing toys.
  • Allow them to choose some toys themselves and reflect on opinions about these toys; e.g. this is my favourite doll/car.
  • Ensure that your child is able to go to the toilet unaided.
  • Try to support your child in taking turns with others.
  • Encourage your child to talk about their feelings.

Physical development

  • Encourage your child to handle small and large equipment.
  • Allow your child to use scissors and develop their skills.
  • Allow your child to run, hop, skip, jump and find different ways of travelling.
  • Play games such as follow the leader and change actions to develop motor skills and coordination.
  • Discuss changes to their bodies after exercise; heart beating faster, feeling hot

Communication and language

  • Talk to your child, ask them about their day at school, who they have played with, what they have done
  • Talk about rhymes and rhyming words
  • Listen and talk about different sounds in the environment
  • When reading stories use different voice sounds
  • Read repetitive stories so that your child can join in with repeated refrains
  • Play games such as Simon says to encourage listening skills


  • Practise counting groups of objects in pictures and stories; pose questions such as how many altogether? Which number is one more?
  • Count out loud with your child saying the names of numbers clearly.
  • Show numbers to your child (perhaps on number cards).
  • Sing songs or rhymes with numbers in them; 10 In The Bed, 5 Little Ducks, 10 Fat Sausages etc.
  • Read stories with numbers in them, e.g. The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
  • Use mathematical language; add, take away, number names, how many, one more/less, altogether
  • Count using fingers.
  • Point to and say numbers around the house, street
  • Encourage your child to identify shapes around them; do a circle spotting hunt, square spotting etc.
  • Apply mathematics to real life; shape, money, amounts of objects etc.


  •  Allow your child to select books for themselves; ones that interest him/her. Picture books with repetitive and basic language such as those by Julia Donaldson.
  • Encourage your child to ‘read’ what is happening in the pictures. Prompt them to tell you a sentence about what is happening or what might happen next.
  • To increase vocabulary and identify sounds, play word games such as I spy.
  • Sing alphabet songs and talk about the names of the letter and the sounds that they make.
  • Make shapes of letters out of play dough, write them in sand, write their own name in the air etc.

Understanding the World

  • Talk to your child about special times; birthdays, baptism, parties, holidays and other key events in their lives and the lives of others they know.
  • Encourage them to explore their surroundings; particularly in the outdoor area.
  • Allow your child to observe animals and describe them.
  • Allow them to use simple tools; such as a small hand trowel, knife and fork, spade etc
  • Encourage them to feel different textured objects and describe; rough, smooth, soft etc.
  • Expressive arts and design
  • Allow your child to listen to and sing songs and rhymes.
  • Engage in role play with your child.
  • Explore different media, paint, pencils, crayons.
  • Use scissors and glue, encourage cutting and sticking activities.
  • Dance to songs and make up actions to go with them e.g. Wheels on the Bus.
Hit enter to search