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What to do At Home To Promote Her Early Years Development


As parents, we try to give our children not only the best possible start in life. Even after we send them out to nursery, pre-school and school, we strive to give them past times at home that will have long term positive impacts in their lives.

As the Head of an Early Years Unit, I continuously tell my staff that it is our duty to bring out the potential of each child in every area of leaning. We must observe his strong and weak points, and we must provide him with enough variety, stimulation and encouragement in each area so that the child has gained as much as he possibly could have at that point to better his skill.

In order to achieve this, a setting must have a rich variety of resources (as well as the right staff).

As parents, we are the main carers and people responsible for our children. We need to be good emotional soundboards for them, try to find them the best nurseries and educational establishments, advocate for them where necessary, and to provide the best tools for them at home.

With so such a large variety of toys in the shops, it is difficult to know which ones are time-killers and which ones will help the child to grow.

It may be helpful for you to know the seven areas of learning in the early years foundation skills, and some ideas how to enhance skills in each area. The areas have been split into three primary areas, which are the first skills a baby will develop, and upon which the four specific areas can be built.

The three prime areas of learning are

  1. Personal, social and emotional development (to include making relationships, self-confidence and self-awareness)
  2. Communication and language (including listening skills, understanding communication and speaking)
  3. Physical development (moving and handling, health and self-care)

The four specific areas of learning are

  1. Literacy skills (preparing the child for reading and writing)
  2. Understanding of the world (an awareness and understanding of people and communities, the world and technology)
  3. Maths (numbers, shape, space and measure)
  4. Expressive art and design (including music, drama, dance, imaginative play and arts using a range of materials)

All seven areas of learning are important and inter-connected. Often one activity can include several areas of learning. In order to develop properly, the child must be offered a wide variety of play in each area.

In our next blog, we will start going through the different areas of early years foundation skills with examples of good toys, movements and/or activities to enhance each skill.


# Rahul 2013-12-24 11:55
Nice Article, thanks for sharing.
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