Supporting your child

Help your child develop skills and independence

Find a type of play that suits you best and discover the different ways you can help your child to learn.

Set aside some time and talk to your child, asking and answering questions simply and as honestly as possible. Children are naturally inquisitive and excited by even the simplest tasks. They love repetition and can listen to the same story or complete the same activity over and over again.

You don't need to spend a lot of money buying expensive toys to amuse your child. Here are some ideas to do with your child:

  • Young children learn by exploring and matching so matching games are a great activity. As long as you haven’t got glass lids, get the pans out and watch as your child matches each pan to the correct sized lid.
  • Order size using various plastic food boxes, talk about smallest, biggest and see if child can fit them inside each other.
  • Encourage role-play by saving all hats, bags, shoes and scarves and use them for dressing up.
  • Write your child’s name as often as possible so they learn to recognise its shape.Use lower case letters rather than capitals when writing, except for the initial letter of their name.
  • Read a favourite story, they love repetition, just make sure you don't leave a word out! They'll be quick to tell you.
  • Let them make models out of cereal boxes, use bits of wrapping paper, bright used envelopes and foil for decoration.
  • Help prepare them for school by encouraging independence, getting themselves dressed, recognising their name, beginning to copy name, use greaseproof paper to trace shapes and name.
  • Give them crayons and paints so they can make simple marks & encourage hand-eye skills and working from left to right.
  • Sing to your child & play number rhymes/games so they get used to counting.
  • Make play dough for modelling, use pastry cutters to make shapes and patterns, there’s a great recipe in the activities section in the club.
  • Jigsaws encourage hand-eye coordination and concentration.
  • Collect all your plastic cups and bowls and let them wash up. They may make a mess though so if the weather is good let them do this activity outside. They will enjoy pouring water between different containers.
  • Play I spy to help them recognise colours and shapes. Look around the room and choose to find objects that are red or square shaped.
  • On a journey encourage your child to be observant and talk about the things around you.