Please find below a range of resources that will help you and your child through those first essential years of pre-school, nursery and reception.
What are high frequency words?
High frequency words are quite simply those words which occur most frequently in written material, for example, "and", "the", "as" and "it". Children are encouraged to read these from sight rather than teaching them to read phonetically. They are sometimes called tricky words and children learn them over time.
How do I encourage my child to learn them at home?
You can help your child by playing games, singing songs, using flash cards and watching videos.
A guidance to your childs learning and development in the early years foundation stage. This document sets out what your child is learning and the 7 areas of development. It explains how your child is learning and what you can do as a parent to help your child in early years.
This website provides a range of resources to help support parents through the early years of development. Resources include : school reception class, support if your child has SEND, understanding how your child will develop and learn.
Small Talk is a pilot project from the National Literacy Trust, run with the Department for Education (DfE).
We want to support parents to chat, play and read with their child at home as much as possible.
Talk Derby is a project helping Derby's young children to develop the speech, language and communication skills they need for a and successful life. Parents you can access free training to help you develop skills with your child.
The BBC has created this resource to help you develop your child's communication skills through simple interaction and play.
Get inspired with playful activities to help your child develop skills for school and life. Easy Peasy App
Hungry Little Minds is the new Department for Education campaign that encourages parents and carers to adopt positive activities and behaviours to boost children's communication, language and literacy development
The Department of Education and a panel of experts have approved this list of Apps and Websites that can help you and your child during those early years. Click here to find out more.