Over the last couple of months, settings across Highland have been adapting how they support children and families with their learning. Much of this has involved a much greater emphasis on sharing ideas using digital platforms. Through G-suite and other social media channels, relationships and communication between children, families and staff has been strengthened while we are not able to see each other face to face.
As well as this, many early years staff are continuing to work in settings during this time and we greatly appreciate the many volunteers who are involved in supporting children and families through Key Worker Hubs.
We would love to find out more about how children are learning at home and in Hubs. If you have an example of something that has worked well for your children, please get in touch with your Early Years Education Support Officer so we can share this on our blog.
Heidi Harden, the Excellence and Equity Lead at Lundavra nursery shares below some of the ideas the staff team have taken forward in their setting.
‘Staff at Lundavra Nursery in Fort William have been working hard to continue engaging with their families during the lockdown. As well as sharing the daily ideas from Bumps2Bairns, staff have been keeping themselves up to date with new resources and websites that have been set up to support families and ensure that every family is aware of them. Below are some of the examples of the hard work the staff team have put into keeping children and families involved.
With permission from the author, staff created the following video and narrated the story ‘Dave the Dog is worried about Coronavirus’. This was met with lots of positive comments and messages of support from parents whose children loved hearing the voices of the staff. The story also helped the children understand what Coronavirus is, helping to reduce their worries about it. Listen to the story here.
Each week we have also been sharing a play-based activity grid, for families to have a go at!
Every Friday a slideshow is created with an overview of all of the learning and activities that have taken place throughout the week! Have a look at our latest one here.’
Every setting is unique, so many of the approaches you take to support children and families will be based on what works best for you and your setting. Please get in touch and share ideas which are working for you and thank you for all of the hard work you are doing to support the children and families across Highland!