The COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns have brought disruption and uncertainties to people across the globe, including the UK. Not only has it impacted businesses and the economy, but it’s had a huge effect on families and the education system. With England now back in a second lockdown in the run up to Christmas, families are once again needing to entertain preschoolers, whilst trying to hold down a job. Fortunately, we have put together some tips for families with preschoolers during COVID-19 for that extra support during these strange times.
Nursery Management Software
Your nursery or playschool may already utilise nursery school management software. This software is brilliant for keeping everything in one place and can be used by preschools and nurseries to help families during COVID-19. The online platform can update parents with how their children are getting on, any new regulations in the country and any child records that are required. This paperless management software streamlines parent and teacher communication, allowing parents to continue providing their children with the resources and help they need when they come home from preschool or are at home due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Helping Little Ones Learn At Home
If the preschool or nursery that your little one attends doesn’t use the above software, then there are other ways that you can help little ones to learn at home. Everyday conversations are even a starting point, as it gets them communicating with you and putting different types of sentences together, whilst learning new vocabulary. You can also incorporate pretend play into your child’s learning from home, whether that is with toys such as wooden pretend kitchens, puppets or any of their favorite toys. This is brilliant for their hand-eye coordination, developing their motor skills and expressing themselves.
You can also create games that include numbers and letters, as this will ensure that they continue to consolidate what they have learned at nursery or preschool. Games such as snap or even board games that involve counting spaces or the number on the dice.
Reading together is not only a great bonding experience and helps to grow their imagination through different stories, but it’s also beneficial for their learning too. You can take it in turn to read pages or chapters, starting off with easier books and enhancing the difficulty over time. This is a really engaging and fun way to get children learning letters and words, showing great results when it comes to improvements in their ability to read.
Keep Them Active
Throughout the day, young children should be active for about 3 hours. If you don’t have a garden, take them on a walk, which you can make into a great adventure to encourage them. If you do have a garden, then you can incorporate ball games that will help with hand-eye coordination and other fun activities to get them outside in the fresh air.
Keep A Routine
Keeping a routine with little ones, even with lockdown, is really important, as it helps them to feel more comfortable with a predictable routine. Try to ensure that they get up and go to bed at the same time, have regular meal times and any electrical devices are turned off at least an hour before bedtime.
Hopefully these tips will help you and your family with preschoolers during COVID-19. Remember to make the most of this time with your family to make memories, play games and even bake new things!