At The Red House Nursery we ensure your child’s day is varied and enjoyable. To help keep parents involved in understanding their child’s routine and activities at The Red House we try to communicate with you as a parent around how you can take some of our activities and try them at home.
We encourage parent partnerships throughout the setting this can be done with the carers in nursery through our online platform sharing your child’s achievements and home lives we love to know what our children do at home this gives us a bassline for our planning- in the moment which is all based around the main part of our nursery our children.
We hope parents can also come to us with any worries or concerns- we have cards which are our handle with cards- give one of those cards to our team and they will support your child with anything as a family you need.
“The feedback from parents is that it is often the child who becomes teacher at home as they enjoy showing off the things they have done with other children at the Red House, being proud of what they have learned- Previous parents 2008”
Open your own “art school.” Start by reading your child some favourite picture books and talking about the different techniques the artists used for the illustrations. Then have the child practice fine motor skills by making books or illustrations of their own, using materials such as watercolours, paste, paper, cloth scraps, ribbon, foil, string, stamps, greeting cards, and box tops. When they’re done, your kids can hang their masterpieces in a special gallery area or “read” their illustrated books to you or each other.
Make egg carton caterpillars. If you use up lots of eggs, here’s a fun fine-motor activity to do with those leftover cardboard egg cartons. Cut the egg section of the cartons into strips, one for each child in your house. Have each child choose a caterpillar body and decorate it with paint or markers or by gluing on different colours or textures of paper. Pipe cleaners make great antennae, and children may even want to add some pipe cleaner legs to their caterpillar. Remind them to draw or glue on a face!
Supercharge your storytimes. Your daily book reading sessions are golden opportunities to actively build early literacy skills. To boost vocabulary knowledge, watch for words you think your child may not know and briefly define and talk about them. When you reread a book, ask your child if they remember what the word means, and try to use the new words at other times of the day to reinforce knowledge. To build letter recognition skills, try pointing to letters as you say their names, singing a slowed-down ABC song while you point to each letter in the book. Turn to random pages in the book and see if children can name and point to the letters themselves. You can follow up by having your child make their own ABC book, finding or drawing pictures for each letter.