Parent Resources

Parent Resources

If you would like a copy of the Parents Handbook please view and download a copy from here.

We have collected some really useful and helpful information over the years and we want to share these with you in the hope that you might find some good advice / tips and fun things to do with your children.

Click on the titles to view the PDF – you then download and print these off if you wanted to keep them at home.

For Babies
Exploring light and shadow – Young children’s curiosity about the world around them is apparent from the day they are born.

Exploring the world – Children are naturally curious about the world around them and thoroughly enjoy finding things out for themselves.

Communicating with your baby – Babies are born with an in built desire to communicate with their parents and other care givers as they rely on them to meet their physical and emotional needs. Although they are not able to speak babies can communicate very effectively in other ways.

For Toddlers
Building Together – Most children enjoy building things – using blocks, boxes, construction kits such as Lego or Duplo, or even the cushions from the sofa!

Encourage Young Children to be Curious – From the time they are born children are actively the world around them.Your toddler is likely to be interested in what grass, leaves and twigs feel like, where insects and bugs hide and what happens when you jump in a puddle.

Keeping up with your 2 year old – Two year old children can be exhausting people to be with as they explore the world around them.

Essential Guide to School – Your essential guide to everything you need to know about your child’s primary school years.

Play Tips
Superheros save the world – Many children, especially boys, enjoy the excitement and sense of adventure which they experience while pretending to be Superheroes.

Features of Play – the Twelve Features of Play

Enjoying Outdoor Play – Playing outdoors is a great way for babies and young children to have first-hand experience of the weather, the seasons and the natural world.

Enjoying Physical Play – Having the chance to be physically active is important for children of all ages, from birth onwards.

Being Creative
Being Creative – When creativity is mentioned we usually think about people who are very good at painting, drawing, sculpture, music, singing or dancing.

A Parents Guide to Expressive Art & Design – Have you ever watched your child playing with mud and wondered what it is that so enthrals them? Their enthusiasm almost certainly lies in a desire to explore and be creative, and such explorations start at a very early age.

Making and using collections – Collections of simple everyday things that can be found easily around the home are wonderful starting points for encouraging young children to explore and investigate.

Exploring mirrors with young children – Young children are fascinated by mirrors and from a very early age will spend time concentrating on their reflection in a mirror, puzzling out who it might be.

Encouraging exploration and active learning – Children’s curiosity about the world around them is evident from the day they are born. Babies use all their senses to explore their surroundings in their efforts to make sense of the world. Even before they can talk they are clearly investigating, asking questions, solving problems and making choices as they play, eat, and interact with those around them.

Treasure Boxes – Treasureboxes® have been devised and developed by Linda Thornton & Pat Brunton and are unique to Reflections on Learning.

Using Collections – Collections of simple everyday objects provide excellent starting points for exploration and investigation. They are interesting to put together, inexpensive, and can be linked to all areas of learning in the EYFS framework.