As a mum or dad, how can I help with my child’s learning?

All the fun activities that you do with your child at home are important in supporting their learning and development, and have a really long lasting effect on your child’s learning as they progress through school.

Even when your child is very young and is not yet able to talk, talking to them helps them to learn and understand new words and ideas. If you make the time every day to do some of the following things with your child it will make a real difference to your child’s confidence as a young learner

How can I find out how my child is getting on?

It is important that you and the professionals caring for your child work together. You need to feel comfortable about exchanging information and discussing things that will benefit your child. These conversations will need to be with your child’s “key worker”. This is the person who:

- Is your main point of contact within the setting
- Helps your child to become settled, happy and safe
- Is responsible for your child’s care, development and learning
- Takes a careful note of your child’s progress, sharing this with you and giving you ideas as to how to help your child at home

You are able to get information about your child’s development at any time and there are two stages (at age 2, and again at age 5) when the professionals caring for your child must give you written information about how he or she is doing

You will also be able to see your child's daily progress on their Tapestry profile. This is an online scrap book where your child's key worker and other staff will add your child's observations, photographs, videos and next steps. It is a secure website that has been specifically designed for use within early years settings. You have a secure login to access your child's Tapestry account and you also have the ability to add photographs, videos, observations and comments of your own. To access Tapestry go to www.tapestryjournal.com. 

If you do not have your login details, please speak with your child's key worker.