Encourage your child to be independent.
- Allow your children to do basic tasks for themselves such as dressing and undressing themselves, putting on and taking off their shoes, putting away their clothes and toys and making up their beds.
- Introduce your children to basic table manners and allow them to feed themselves. Don’t worry about messiness for now, let the children explore first. They (with support) can always clean up afterwards!
- Encourage your children to independently meet their own basic needs such as getting a drink, blowing their nose, using the toilet and flushing it afterwards, controlling the water taps and leaving the bathroom clean and safe for others.
- Encourage your children to help around the house by having them put their toys away after playing with them, make their own beds and set the table for meals. It is a good way for them to learn how to be responsible in their own way.
All children who enter EL must be able to use the toilet independently. Children should be able to signal or respond to a reminder to use the toilet. They should be able to clean themselves independently.
A Good Night’s Sleep
We educate children on the importance of healthy routines at mealtimes and bedtimes. Bedtime should be regular and routine every day and children should be asleep by 8:00. We encourage our 3-5 year olds to get between 10-13 hours of sleep a day. This includes the nap they may get during our quiet time in the afternoon.
Mealtimes at home
We recommend meals should be eaten as a social sit-down event and not ‘on the run’. We encourage children to feed themselves. Don’t worry about messiness for now, let the children explore first; they (with support) can always clean up afterwards!
Please ask your teacher, school nurse and the Primary Head for ideas and strategies to help with mealtimes and bedtimes.
Encourage Positive Attitudes to Learning
- Interact with your children everyday by asking them about their day at school. Ask open-ended questions to develop their communication skills. Allow your child to ask questions and answer them with more questions. This will develop their inquiring and thinking mind.
- Encourage a love of reading by reading to them everyday and asking them to read with you. Share different kinds of books that stimulate their curiosity.
- Encourage your children to explore different early literacy activities like writing, drawing and spelling. Provide them with a variety of writing materials. Praise their attempts at writing and spelling. Avoid over-correcting their work as it will affect their confidence and enthusiasm.
- In order to further develop early literacy and numeracy skills in context, involve your children in cooking, writing a shopping list and finding items while shopping.
- Provide opportunities for your children to use technology responsibly i.e., iPads, computers, cameras, and DVD players. However this should be limited to an hour a day.
- Encourage your children to re-use materials such as empty boxes, toilet rolls, cans, and plastic bottles for construction and making models at home.