School Nursery

Early Years begins when your child starts Nursery until the end of Reception.

In Early Years, we cover seven areas of learning; three Prime and four Specific Areas. These are:

Prime Areas:

Communication and Language

Physical Development

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Specific Areas:

Literacy Development

Mathematical Development

Understanding the World

Expressive Arts and Design

How to help at home

There are lots of different fun ways for you to help your child learn. These can be done at home or in the local environment.


Discuss numbers in the environment – house numbers, prices in the supermarket, on signs and in books.

Count a variety of items – fingers, socks counting up/down the stairs.

Encourage your child to make marks using writing materials such as chalks and crayons.

Write numbers for your child to copy.

Look at and discuss shapes in the environment – a circle is round, the window is a square, it has corners.

Talk about the size of things, the house is bigger than the car.

Play number based board/jigsaw games.


Sing nursery rhymes.

Take your child to the library and introduce them to a variety of books.

Read books and discuss/ask questions about the illustrations. Ask, who is in the book? Where do you think this is? What do you think is going to happen next?

Point out where the writing and words are in books.

Encourage your child to practise writing the letters in their name and make marks using a variety of writing materials such as pencils, crayons, chalks, water and paint brushes, paints and colouring pens.

Discuss the sounds at the start of words, ‘d’ dog, ‘c’ cat,’ ‘m’ mum.

Play initial sounds games for example, eye spy.

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Useful Websites

For Maths, literacy and mouse skills try: