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How to help your child in Nursery


Helping your Nursery child at home

November 2020


Here are some ideas of things you can do at home to help your child at this stage of their development.


  • Play simple board games – focus on taking turns
  • Expect your child to put their coat on without help – once they can do this teach them how to do up the zip
  • Make the sounds of different objects and animals eg, car, dog, fire-engine, sheep . . .
  • Sing songs and rhymes together
  • Expect your child to ask for things using a clear voice in a sentence eg “Can I have a drink please” rather than “drink”
  • Squash, squeeze and roll playdoh
  • Build towers and simple models with lego
  • Draw lines and circles of different lengths and sizes (not copying letter shapes at this stage please)
  • Pour water from a jug into bowls, cups, pots – use the words full, empty and half-full
  • Practice counting (please help your child to touch each object as they say the number name)
  • Encourage your child to climb, balance, swing and slide at the park
  • Allow your child the time and space to run, jump, hop and ride a scooter/bike
  • Read a story to your child at least once a day – encourage your child to talk about the things they can see in the pictures and to say what happened in the story once you have finished reading it.


The most important thing you can do is to talk to your child about the things you are doing and to answer their questions. This will help them to learn and use more words.