How you can help your child

Encourage your child to:

  • Use the toilet independently
  • Put on and take off their coat and be able to do their coat up
  • Wash and dry their hands
  • Share their toys
  • Share and talk about books and stories
  • Say “please” and “thank you”
  • Dress and undress themselves without help

Literacy and Language

Help your child to recognise and write their name.

Point to words and letters in stories and in the environment.

When talking about letters use the sound letters make as well as their names.

Encourage your child to look for letters in the environment

Encourage your child to talk about their day.

Ask simple questions when reading stories.

Play imaginative games with your child and encourage them to play and retell their favourite stories.

Sing Nursery Rhymes.

Have quiet time everyday. Turn off the TV, radio, computer etc. Encourage children to listen and talk about what they can hear without background noise.


Count in everyday situation e.g. counting out apples in the shop, counting the steps when climbing the stairs. Encourage your child to join in.

Model the correct way to count, saying one number name for each item counted.

Look for shapes and numbers in the environment.

Play number and maths games.

Use maths language in everyday situation, e.g. full, empty, first, second, third and so on.


Most importantly:

  • Get out and about. Children learn from experiences.
  • Follow and encourage your child's interests.
  • Learning is FUN!