Look how busy some of the staff have been during the lockdown
"We have some very talented staff, they have put their skills to good use while classrooms have been shut, they have been busy decorating as well as talented gardeners who have made the front look fantastic!
Have a look at the Staff Stories and Rhymes page
During the COVID-19 pandemic and school closure we will try to include ideas for families to use with their children - please remember that these are just ideas and may not be appropriate for all children, they are also not necessarily age appropriate for nursery children so please don’t worry if your little one cannot cope with any of the ideas.
Have fun spending time with your children, enjoy time playing together.
Fun games and super stories for young children
As many early years providers and schools are currently closed, Hertfordshire Libraries have shared some great websites which contain lots of fun ideas of games for you to play with your child.
To help children learn to read at home, we've made six free resources! All designed by our educational experts...
1. Sing along to phonics songs
2. Print and display phonics posters
3. Use flashcards
4. Play tabletop phonics games
5. Get active with physical phonics
6. Play Teach Your Monster to Read on app or web:
Amazon UK: amzn.to/2PjLBiJ
Amazon US: amzn.to/2VgOwfR
PC & laptop: teachyourmonstertoread.com
App is free until Monday 23rd March on Apple and Amazon and 0.99 on Google.
A wide variety of workshops are available, if you can't find what you're looking for don't forget we offer a tailor made service to ensure we meet the needs of your families. A selection of what is available can be found below:
(See the workshop page for more details
Early Maths & Number
e-Safety & Technology
Communication & Language
Transition & school readiness
... and many more
Take care of the little ones...
But let them have fun!
Take them out in the garden and let them run.
Teach them to balance, to jump and to hop
Whatever you do, their learning won’t stop.
You’re their role model so just let them see
You reading a book or cooking their tea.
Teach them to share, to use manners, be kind
Then the rest of their learning will follow behind.
Let them help you wash dishes, make meals and such
Counting plates, knives and forks they will learn so much.
A bowl of water outside on a warm sunny day
Won’t need explanation - just let them play.
An old piece of fabric, tea towel or sheet
Can be a princess, frog or Pirate Pete.
Write to a best friend, send birthday cards
That will bring cheer when life starts to get hard.
Notice the wildlife, the flowers and trees
Experience the weather, feel the breeze.
Talk to your children, they’ll help you to smile
We’ll all remember these days when we’ve moved on a while.
This is more for older children than Nursery age but there is no reason they cannot join in with their brothers and sisters
If times get tough and you don’t want your children to be using the computer to play games all day, or watching television, instead of being frustrated, recognise the opportunity to spend quality time with them, teaching them life skills ....such as getting the children to:
Email relatives (Language skills)
Put some tins out on the windowsill and some pennies in their hand. Let one be the shopkeeper and the others customers (maths and manners)
Show them how to make a bed properly
Have a family housework day when all of you clean together (life skills)
Sit round the kitchen table and find a YouTube french, Spanish etc... language lesson that you can all say out loud together (Languages)
All prepare and cook a dinner together with everyone having their own task, or bake and decorate cup cakes (Home economics)
Download a Horrible History box set and watch it together (History)
Show them a world map and ask them to take turns on the computer to research the country they like the sound of the most (Geography)
Get some paper and colouring pencils and have a competition for who can draw and colour the best monster (Art)
Remind them of your favourite fairytale (example 3 little pigs) then ask them to recreate it in a little play or ask them all to practice in private a song or dance and perform it in a show with you as the MC and everybody must clap and cheer (Drama, support and kindness)
Everyone gets to choose their favourite book and together all take turns to read a paragraph, everyone has to do the character’s voice (building confidence)
On a sunny day all go in the garden and give everyone a job to clear and tidy it ready for summer (gardening)
It doesn’t cost anything really except your time. The richness of these memories at the end of the isolated time together will be priceless...