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Top tips for parents

  • Be guided by your child's school. Check out the learning information on the school website or speak to your child's class teacher.
  • Get your child to create their own learning timetable. They’ll be more likely to stick to it.
  • Keep the learning sessions in short bursts.
  • Get creative. Get messy! Painting, water play or slime making will keep your child interested
  • Include some physical activity during the day. Get outside if you can. Go for a walk, or a bike ride. Hula hooping, skipping, kicking a ball around, playing 'It' or hide and seek. Kids need 60 minutes activity each day. Or you could try  these 10-minute shake-ups.
  • Enjoy the garden or outdoor space. Get the kids involved in planting seeds. Give them their own space to grow their own veggies or flowers. Younger children could do a scavenger hunt or go bug hunting.
  • Get them to write a diary each day. Even just a short paragraph. History in the making!
  • Get them involved in the kitchen. Help making dinner or doing some baking, weighing and measuring are great maths skills.
  • Write to a school friend or a family member they won’t see for some time.
    Try to restrict screen time. Set an allocated time when phones, tablets and TV are all switched off.
  • Join a parent forum or set up a chat group with other mums and dads to share ideas and tips.
  • Take a moment to enjoy quality family time. Dig out the board games and jigsaws. Scrabble, playing cards, even monopoly can all help sharpen learning skills.
  • Follow the Family Information Service Facebook page for regular tips and ideas to keep your kids busy at home. You can also find them on TwitterInstagram or Pinterest.


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