Everyone agrees that the earliest years in a child’s life are important as
they provide the foundation for everything else that follows.
We know that you want to encourage and support your child to achieve
their potential as curious, confident and secure individuals. Learning is
also about your child being social, aware of the world around them and
having the language in which to express themselves.
There are a wide range of services in Southend that can work in
partnership with you and your family to achieve this including early years
providers (for instance childcare, childminders and children’s centres).
How can I help my child learn?
There are a wide range of ways you can help your child learn. If your child
is with an early years provider, they will work in partnership with you to
support you in this (for example through the Early Years Foundation Stage
Framework). Depending on the age of your child some of the ways that
you can help are by:
Encouraging them to explore new places and to meet new people;
By getting them into a regular routine at bedtime;
Encouraging them, if they are able, to toilet independently; and
Reading stories together and looking at and talking about picture books.
Basic skills like toilet training, communications skills, being able to understand and follow simple tasks, taking turns and having some social skills all prepare a child to be ready for learning. Teachers and classroom assistants are then freed up to teach rather than spend time toileting, feeding children and helping them with the most basic social skills.
There are a range of ways in which you
can support your child’s learning. One of
these ways is through the Ages and
Stages Questionnaires offered through
your health visiting team. In Southend you
may also be offered (or can request) other
assessments such as communications
and language. These are family friendly,
and can be used from when your child is
one month, all the way up to 5½ years
depending on the assessment.
The benefits for you are as follows:
They will highlight your child’s strengths;
They will support your understanding of
your child’s development;
They will indicate any potential
additional support that you might need
to help your child’s learning; and
They can be done in a variety of
settings depending on your preference;
They will not take up much of your time.