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Purpose of a home learning environment

Supporting a child's early learning is extremely important and doesn't necessarily always include going outside or on new adventures, providing new toys to play with or being imaginative and creating fantasy play settings.

Instead what we mean when we discuss a home learning environment, specifically for early years, is a place where activities can take place that involve a parent-child relationship. These activities should be educational or stimulate development skills.

Young children feel a sense of security when their parents are around, and practising learning activities together helps a child feel warmth and encourages them to interact in learning experiences at home or in a childcare setting.

 

Benefits of regular home learning

It is usually second nature to early years to explore and learn. However what a child gains from a home learning environment is different to what benefits they get from other types of play such as: outdoor, small world and sensory.

The benefits of introducing a safe and controlled environment for your child to learn and try educational activities, are what prepare them for their future educational development. Here's some key outcomes of encouraging early education at home:

Develop literacy and numeracy skills

Although it's obvious, the most important part of creating a home learning environment is to develop both literacy and numeracy skills from a young age. Doing this will help your child to learn key life skills and ways of communicating information.

Language development

Language and speech is a vital stepping stone in a young child's development. The ability to communicate thoughts, questions and feelings is essential in any early years environment. This is continuously encouraged with an effective home learning environment.

Independence and confidence

Practising educational activities at home in a safe environment will increase confidence and independence when they reach a school setting. Young children will make connections between these two settings of learning which will help them settle in, ask questions and have a positive attitude to learning.

Readiness for school

Not only does practising educational activities at home increase the development of lots of skills and attributes, but all in all it prepares a child for the transition into a school education. Employing education at home really does aid in the vital weeks of starting school. A child will have more social and emotional skills, creativity skills and cognitive skills.

 

Creating a safe environment

Essentials to creating a secure environment where a young child feels safe and encouraged:

 

Top tips to enabling home learning

 

Loose parts are a great resource to use in numeracy and literacy activities. They encourage an alternative style of learning that can get little ones to be hands on and you can find them all over your home! To find out more about loose parts and how they can help your child learn, read issue 10 of our Little Learners Magazine.