RL – Willow and Nursery

Starting school this year?

Click on our starting school link here for lots of helpful information.

Take a look at the three ‘top tips’ documents below produced by The Communication Trust to support your child’s language development.

Resources to support children aged 3-5 can be found here.

Talking with your baby or young child and sharing books gives them the best start in life. Download the leaflet below for further details.

Please find next week’s Learning Together activity cards. This week we are Moving Together and Building. We are continuing to include starting school challenges for children transitioning to Reception in September.  Previous cards can be found here.

New mathematics resources

Did you know that children with good numeracy skills are more likely to earn more, stay in education longer and have more chance of actually being in work when they grow up?

Children are born with an innate mathematical ability and research has shown that parents have a massive effect on how this develops. Even if you feel you aren’t good at maths, there are things you can do with your child now that will make a big difference to their ability. Click here for more details.

Other resources

Get Well Soon Song – Dr Ranj explains the coronavirus to Jobi. They sing a song about washing your hands. Click here to listen to the song. 

With so many parents now at home with their children during the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve put together some of our best resources written by childcare and early years experts to help you support your child’s learning at home.

It’s a worrying time for everyone, so the most important thing is for parents not to put additional stresses on themselves – no one can be a full-time teacher, childcare provider, parent and worker all at once. Click here for more information.

Thinking about toilet training. Watch the video for some helpful information.

Tiny Happy People is here to help you develop your child’s communication skills. Explore our simple activities and play ideas and find out about their amazing early development. Click here for further details.

Simple, fun activities for kids, from newborn to five.

Many little things light up hungry little minds. Kids take everything in, and even the smallest things you do with them can make a big difference.
We understand that you and your child are spending more time at home and you might be looking for a bit more inspiration for things to do. Start by trying some of the simple, fun activities we have suggested. Click here for further details.

Singing games for children by Dany Rosevear. A treasury of singing games, songs, poems and rhymes from around the world. Complete with chords, music and lyrics. Songs from other lands are accompanied by singable English translations. http://www.singinggamesforchildren.com/

At Barefoot Books, our mission is to share stories, connect families and inspire children. We empower passionate individuals, whom we call Ambassadors, to build their own businesses selling our wide selection of books, songs, puzzles, games and gifts. We believe in the power of storytelling, and we invite you to become part of our story. Click here to listen to some stories

Stuck for ideas. Take a look at some of these.


Create a routine – If you would like to keep a routine there is an example below.

On Monday 23th March, Waltham Forest’s Early Years and Childcare Team will be launching weekly ‘Learning Together’ activity cards with top tips on how you can help your children with their development through fun activities at home.

The first few years are the most important in your child’s learning and development. As a parent or carer you have the biggest influence during this time and there are a number of ways in which you can help with their early development.

Please join and follow our two existing Facebook groups below ready for the big launch on Monday!


and this page too.

Reading and phonics

Fun with Mathematics

Get creative