Home Support

What can you do at home to support your child’s development?

At Ruislip stars we take pride in supporting the children’s development. We work closely to the guidelines EYFS framework. All planned, learning and play activities are created, tracked and in line with the milestones of each area of learning.

Support at the Nusery

The theme at the Nursery this week is ‘Winter, the 5 senses

To support your child with this theme you could:

Play games that encourage your child to use different senses, e.g. smell or taste.

Put water in the freezer to create ice and play small world games while talking about winter and cold. Encourage them to feel the ice and use key words such as ‘frozen’ and ‘cold’.

Challenge them to use their different senses to answer questions e.g. “what does that smell like?”.


Support at the Preschool

The theme at the Preschool this week is Chinese new year!

To support your child with this theme you could:

Use a computer or tablet to google Chinese new year and encourage them to join in with children’s online games relating to it.

Talk about the animals that represent each year and find their animal. While doing this encourage them to talk about their animal and discuss the reasons why china have an animal to represent each year!

Use scissors and pencils to cut out and draw the animal for 2020 (the rat). Encourage them to hold the scissors and pencil properly and as an extra challenge, write the word ‘rat’ or rhyme words with it!


7 areas of learning

Communication and language development

Giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

Physical development

Providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

Personal, social and emotional development

Helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behavior in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.

Literacy development

Encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.

Mathematics

Providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measure.

Understanding the world

Guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

Expressive arts and design

Enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.


What other home support do we offer?


Nursery


At the nursery, we offer a range of support aids for parents at home.


6 weekly report- The children receive a report, showing the parents what their child is achieving in and what their child may need more support with. 3 targets are set in the report, for the children to work towards. With these, there are suggestions on what the parents could do to support these personalised targets at home.


Review meetings- These are planned in at the request of either parents or staff. These meetings happen as Frequently as needed and offer an ideal opportunity to review progress and developmental milestones.

Preschool


6 weekly report- The children receive a report, showing the parents what their child is achieving in and what their child may need more support with. 3 targets are set in the report, for the children to work towards. With these, there are suggestions on what the parents could do to support these personalised targets at home.


Review meetings- These are planned in at the request of either parents or staff. These meetings happen as Frequently as needed and offer an ideal opportunity to review progress and developmental milestones.


Book bags- Every week, the children get a piece of home work relating to the theme and a reading book to take home. These are replaced with new ones every Wednesday. Occasionally the parents are challenged with surprise home work that encourages the whole family to work and create and interesting and fun outcome.