Guide for parents

Making the most of your time together

Home learning presents its very own set of delights and challenges for parents working with children in the 3 to 5 year old range. Here you can find some guidance to help you make the most of your time with your child. 

‘Help me to do it myself’ - Dr Maria Montessori

No one expects you to act as a teacher

The focus for home learning with young child has to be based on being playful and having fun. No-one expects parents to act as teachers or childcare providers.

Make sure that you include your child in the everyday activities like putting on the washing, writing a birthday card or laying the table. Talk to your child as much as possible, and take time to explain what you are doing and why. It is important to model how you do things, recognise and praise your child’s contributions and provide them with opportunities.

Setting a predictable routine

Children will feel more comfortable with a predictable routine, so try to help them by:

  • getting up and going to bed at the same time each day
  • having regular meal times
  • turning off any electronic devices, including the TV, at least an hour before bedtime
  • sharing a bedtime story
  • ensuring they are active for at least 3 hours a day

It will help them if everyone in the home talks to them throughout the day, responding to them and being led by the things they are interested in. Try sitting with your child and looking at pictures of their friends or family and talking to them about the things you have done together.

Physical activity

It is also good to get some fresh air every day. If you do not have a garden and are taking children outside to exercise, make sure you follow the Government guidance.

Curriculum, literacy and mathematics

Our parents' guides to curriculum, literacy and mathematics are provided for you below:

Parents' guide to the new curriculum

Literacy guide for parents and carers (English)

Literacy guide for parents and carers (Portuguese)

Literacy guide for parents and carers (Polish)

Mathematics parent guide (English)

Mathematics parent guide (Portuguese)

Mathematics parent guide (Polish)

Helpful links

Link Age Description Cost
Jersey Childcare Trust 3 to 5 years Advice for parents looking for childcare Free
Everybody Worries 3 to 9 years An online book to support parents in helping children understand Coronavirus Free
Coronavirus: A book for children  5 to 9 years A book explaining the coronavirus to children Free
Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum
Birth to 5 years guide to EYFS curriculum Free