How can you help me with my learning? (First Two Years)

The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS) sets out the learning and development stages for children as they grow from birth to five years. For those working in the early years - whether in a nursery, pre-school, a childminder or in a reception class in school - the EYFS outlines what they need to do to support your child.


At Cherry Childcare the EYFS is a major part of how we operate to ensure the best learning and development for those aged 6 weeks to 5 years old. But the question is what can we do at home to help children with their learning?


We are going to look at the guidance to your Child's learning and development in the EYFS for those aged 0 - 20 Months


Birth to 11 Months:


Communication and Language

Listening and attention

• Play “peek a boo” games with me. Use your hands or a scarf to hide your face.

• Sing a song or rhyme as you rock or hug me.

Understanding

• Tell me what you’re doing as you’re changing my nappy or getting me dressed.

Speaking

• Have a chat with me by copying my sounds and babbling.


Physical Development

Moving and handling

• Put me on my tummy or back, on a soft mat or blanket, and let me kick my legs.

• Cover my legs with a crinkly blanket or piece of light, soft material so I can kickit off

• Put my favourite toys by me so that I can reach out and touch it or try to hold it.

Health and self care

• Stroke my cheeks or pat my back as you talk to me.


Personal, Social and Emotional Development Making relationships

• Let me copy the movements you make with your face, like when you open and close your mouth or open and shut your eyes.

Self confidence and self awareness

• Give me one of my favourite toys, the packetof wipes or a clean nappy to hold when you’rechanging me.

Manage my feelings and behaviour

• Tickle my feet

• Let me see you face and hear your voice when I am grumpy tired or hungry.


Literacy

Reading

• Share board books or cloth books with me. • Show me you enjoy reading. Resources to help:www.booktrust.org.uk/resources www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk www.literacytrust.org.uk/early_years www.readongeton.org.uk


Mathematics

Numbers

• Hold my hands and help me to clap in time as you sing songs to me.

Shape, space and measure

• I need to play with things and find out what I can do with my hands, feet and body. Let me have my favourite things around me.


Expressive Arts and Design

Exploring and using media and materials

• I need to explore lots of different things to find out what I can do with them. Let me make a mess.

Being imaginative

• I need to hear words and learn to use them. Speak with me.


Understanding the World

People and communities

• I need to develop relationships with grown ups. Introduce me to lots of different people.

The world

• Let me hold your finger or scarf.

• Let me play with toys that make different noises.

• Let me look in mirrors

8 - 20 Months


Communication and Language

Listening and attention

• Share stories with me at bedtime or when we’re snuggled up on the sofa. • Sing songs to me when you’re getting me dressed or changing my nappy.Understanding • Hold my hands to help me make the actions as you sing songs.Speaking

• Tell me the names of things as I pick them up to explore.


Personal, Social and Emotional

Development

Making relationships

Share photos of special grown ups with me.

Let me meet special grown ups. Tell me their names.

Self confidence and self awareness

• Let me look in a mirror. Point to me and tell me that it’s me in the mirror. Point to my nose, arms and legs and tell me what they are.

Managing feelings and behaviour

• Let me get my comforter or special toy when I’m feeling sad or tired.


Physical Development

Moving and handling

• Let me splash my hands and kick my feet in the bath.

• Give me a doll’s buggy or trundle trike to push.

• Put my favourite toys on the floor so that I can crawl or bottom shuffle to them. Movethem further away so give me a small challenge

• Let me lift the flaps in a board book and share my excitement in what is behind the flap!

• Give me dough so that I can squeeze or squash it with my hands or poke it with my fingers.

• At feeding, changing or bath times share finger play songs with me like “Round and round the garden”.

Health and self care

Let me use my fingers to help me feed myself.

Let me try and use a spoon to eat my food with.


Mathematics

Numbers

Let me explore a treasure basket with different things in it, like a collection of different types of spoons or a collection of shiny things.

Sing number rhymes to me, like “Two Little Eyes to Look Around”.

Shape, space and measure

• Let me explore different things to see what I can do with them, like a collection of different types and sizes of balls or things that will roll.


Expressive Arts and Design

Exploring and using media and materials

Let me use my hands and feet to find outwhat marks I can make with paint or tomake bubbles pop.

Make sock puppets move to music or songs as you sing to me.

Being imaginative

• I need to play with lots of different things to find out what I can do with them: scarves, boxes, rattles, safe mirrors


Understanding the World

People and communities

• I need to develop relationships with grown ups. Introduce me to people when we are out and about.

The world

• Play “hide and seek” games where I have to find one of my toys.

Technology

• Give me different objects to explore: pots, pans, spoons, paper.


Literacy

Reading

• Take me to the library

Let me hold the book as you share the story with me.

Talk to me about what is happening in the pictures or who you can see in the pictures.

Let me help you turn the pages of the book

Writing

• Give me chunky pencils / crayons / chalks to playwith

Resources to help:

www.booktrust.org.uk/resources www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk www.literacytrust.org.uk/early_years www.readongeton.org.uk



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