Tiny Happy People
The BBC’s Tiny Happy People has tips and advice on children’s language learning and development including practical tips and advice on how to support children getting ready to start school and 7 ways to stay happy and calm at home.
Hungry Little Minds
As part of the governments drive to help parents create positive learning environments at home through the use of technology, Hungry Little Minds has published an approved list of six apps to improve reading, writing and speaking.
It is widely recognised that phones and tablets are now a big part of everyday life for families but it can be hard for parents to know which apps and games can benefit their child’s learning as there are so many out there.
Which is why Hungry Little Minds asked an independent panel of experts to review a host of different apps to determine which have the best educational value.
The six apps, published on the Hungry Little Minds website, cover activities ranging from interactive story books, handwriting exercises using Artificial Intelligence and educational video games. There are some excellent apps that can be used to support phonics already being taught to school-aged children in the classroom, however it is advised that parents check with the class teacher that the approaches align with the school’s teaching methods before using the app at home.
Hungry Little Minds has also come up with a helpful checklist called the ‘FEED test’ for parents to use so they can reassure themselves that any apps their child uses are educational.
List of online resources from the Department for Education
The Department for Education has published a new list of websites to help parents and carers access a wide range of education support and resources for children of all ages whilst they’re at home during the school closures.