Home Learning

Home Learning


At London Early Years Foundation (LEYF), we know how important the Early Years are and we recognise how fast your children develop when they attend a LEYF Nursery. We want to make sure that while our nurseries remain closed, your child’s development continues. We also hope parents from other nurseries will enjoy these activities with their children and come to appreciate the LEYF way of teaching and learning.

    We are all coping with extraordinary circumstances. LEYF recognise the vital role that high-quality Home Learning plays in your child’s lifelong learning. Home Learning is one of our seven areas of LEYF’s pedagogy and there is a good reason for this - what parents do with their children matters, and research proves this.
We have devised activities for you to do with your baby, toddler and pre-school child. Our teams are working hard to regularly update our pages with activities that will support your child’s continuous development while they are unable to attend their nursery. We hope you enjoy our videos, top tips and advice.

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Learning potential of everyday objects

We will be sharing new activities at least three times per week. We will try to avoid suggesting anything that might require you to have to leave your home, and instead, explore the amazing learning potential of the everyday objects that you might have in and around your house.

    These will include:
  • - Videos of our teachers sharing top tips and advice
  • - Links to recommended online resources and support
  • - Activities that you and your child can enjoy and explore at home

Importance of routine

We strongly recommend that you develop a routine to your day with your children, where your day can be structured and broken down into different sections. This will really help both you and your children to manage the day and provide some consistency. Think about what activities you might do in the morning and afternoon, what might you have for a morning snack, lunch, and tea? Can you and the children prepare any of these together? When will you be sharing a story together, and what can you do to keep your children active if you are inside?

Baby Room

Babies love to explore. Our team will update this page regularly with activities that are great for their early development.

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Toddler Room

Using items from around the home, our team will regularly update this page with activities that are creative, fun and extend language.

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Pre-School Room

Our team will update this page regularly with activities that support number comprehension, mark making and early literacy.

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Safe, Fit & Healthy

Our teams will update this page regularly with healthy recipes, exercises for children to do indoors and ways to help your child self-regulate their emotions.

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London Early Years Foundation (LEYF) is now offering places in our nurseries to NHS workers who are looking for childcare so you can continue your vital work. Please email customerservices@leyf.org.uk and we will be in touch with you.

    Please note all LEYF nurseries are now closed to all except key workers and vulnerable children. The Government has been clear that we need to run our nurseries at low occupancy to minimise the risk of infection to our children, staff and other families.

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Story Time with 'Audible - An Amazon Company'

LEYF teachers and children love sharing stories, whether we are snuggled up on the sofa, in a den or outside in the garden. We appreciate that many of your homes may be running low on new books and stories, so we are delighted to share that 'Audible - An Amazon Company' has made all their children’s books completely free and available with no subscription. You and your children can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages.

    Please help your child access and enjoy this incredible selection of books to explore. We highly recommend that you share the stories together so that you can talk about the story, the characters and how they might be feeling? Can your child relate to the story? Are they able to make links between their own life experiences and the story?
All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.

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The LEYF Pedagogy Rope represents how teachers at LEYF lead learning to provide the very best outcomes for our children. Each of the 7 strands of the Pedagogy Rope is based on a wide range of research and made of many learning threads that interweave to deliver excellent teaching and wonderful experiences for our children.

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