Having a 3-year-old keeps me on my toes. She’s constantly on the go which means I’m always looking for educational activities to do with her. Mainly to keep her entertained, but also to help improve her gross & fine motor skills & cognitive development. Things like practicing numbers, letters, colours, drawing, painting, etc, can all help to build those vital skills.
The foundation years (0-5 yrs) are extremely important. There are many studies that show how great an impact early learning from 0-5 years has on children as they get older and move through the first few years of school.
What is the Early Years Foundation Stage
All Ofsted registered early years providers, like nurseries, pre-schools & childminders, have the same set of standards they are expected to work to. Set by the Department of Education, the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS) gives all professionals a set of principles to deliver early education to children. This ensures consistency throughout all childcare professionals.
The EYFS looks at the following areas of learning and development:
- Physical development
- Creative development
- Personal, social, and emotional development
- Communication, language, and literacy
- Problem-solving, reasoning, and numeracy
- Knowledge and understanding of the world
Children with a higher EYFS score have shown to have better Key Stage 1 assessment results. In comparison, children will a lower score have shown a lower result on Key Stage 1 assessments.
It’s important not to get bogged down with assessments and scores though. All children develop in different ways and at different rates. One thing I’ve learned as a parent, you can have two kids at the exact same age and both of them will have totally different strengths in development. While one child might be great with speech the other may be better with mobility and be walking much sooner.
Early learning at home
Regardless if you’re child attends nursery or pre-school, naturally through play and exploring around the home and the outdoor areas, these skills will be developing.
There are plenty of things you can do at home to help develop those EYFS skills further. Activities like painting, drawing, building with blocks, reading, or counting can really help.
One of the more basic things you can do on a daily basis is counting each step as you come down the stairs in the morning with your little one.
Or, when you get the crayons out for your child to use, name the colour of each one while encouraging them to repeat what you say.
There are also plenty of resources online. Books you can order and printable documents you can download.
With all of this in mind, I decided to create my own set of ‘Printable worksheets’ to use with my toddler, which really help to develop those key skills at home. They are also a great way to keep her entertained while I do some work of my own.
You can download my printable worksheets to use with your own child.
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When your child has completed each section, talk to them about the various shapes and animals. See if they know the names of each one.
Keep the fun going by colouring in the shapes & animals with your child’s favourite colours.
Once you’ve tried them out, I would love to know what you think. Or more importantly, what your little one thinks.