Sophie’s Nursery is all about having fun whilst learning!
To create a blog where anyone can find help, ideas and activities to develop their child’s early learning and give them the ‘educational edge’ from birth through to school.
All my ideas and activities are based on experiences a baby/toddler/pre-schooler may have in a NURSERY setting, but that Sophie & I do in our living room! I set out different areas for Sophie to explore – some activities are adult-led, others are for her to do independently. They are easy to set up and often use everyday items.
You will find a range of arts & crafts, gross motor, fine motor, sensory and imaginative play activities either as stand alone activities or grouped into a theme, such as ‘Baa Baa Black Sheep’.
All of Sophie’s Nursery games and activities are based on the UK Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Statutory Framework 2014
I then use the following document to find ways to help Sophie learn and make sure she is progressing.
FOR PARENTS: What to Expect, When?
“It is widely recognised the vital role that parents have in supporting their children’s learning and development. Parents need to know what to expect in relation to their child’s development through the different age bands of the EYFS.
What to expect, when? is a simple guide which takes parents through the expectations of each age band in the EYFS and how they can support their children’s learning and development.”
Foundation Years (2014). What to Expect, When? [Information Post] Retrieved from http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/eyfs-statutory-framework/
Why do the age boundaries overlap?
They overlap because these are not fixed age boundaries but suggest a typical range of development. When using the Early Years Framework it is however important to remember that babies, toddlers and young children develop at their own rates and in their own ways.
What makes me qualified to do this?
Well, for the past 7 years I have been a teacher and have a range of experience from Nursery all the way up to Year 6. I also have a Degree in Psychology which has given me a good understanding of early learning and behaviour.
Why do I want to do this?
I am passionate about embracing a child’s readiness and eagerness to learn from the moment they are born. There are a myriad of activities already out there on the web that we can do with our children, but mine specifically offer:
- Fun, yet educational activities that are specifically linked to the Early Years Curriculum (the curriculum that schools, nurseries & registered childminders have to follow);
- Activities that are simple to put together – I always try to use items which are easily available!
- Some activities that your child can do independently (use your judgement) – this is when they will really thrive as they try to push themselves into becoming independent learners!
Please note: do not think for a moment that we spend our entire day doing these super fun learning activities! Seriously we squeeze them in whenever we can in-between CBeebies, soft play, tantrums, seeing Grandma and going to baby groups and friends! Sophie has lots of fun, but if an activity all goes wrong, well hey it doesn’t matter!
I hope you will be inspired to play and learn with your child and have as much fun as we do!