Reading at home in Nursery

As parents, you are your child’s most influential teacher with an important part to play in helping your child to learn to read. Here are some suggestions on how you can help to make this a positive experience.


  1. Choose a quiet time – Set aside a quiet time with no distractions. Ten to fifteen minutes is usually long enough.
  2. Make reading enjoyable – Reading with your child is the best way of helping your child learn to read. It should be an enjoyable experience for all. Try not to pressurise them if they do not want to read. If your child loses interest then do something else.
  3. Visit the Library – Try and take your child to the public library regularly. There are many children’s books your child can borrow from Barnet’s libraries.
  4. Regular reading – Try to read with your child on most days. ‘Little and often’ is best.
  5. Talk about the books – Always talk to your child about the book; about the pictures; the characters; how they think the story will end; and their favourite part. You will then be able to see how well they have understood and you will help them to develop good comprehension skills
  6. Variety is important – Remember children need to experience a variety of reading materials e.g. picture books, comics, magazines, poems, and information books.

Brilliant Books to share at home:

Brilliant Books to Share with your Nursery Child and Questions You Can Ask

You are encouraged to interact with your child’s online Tapestry journal. Your child’s journal includes observations, in the form of videos and photos, of your child’s activities in class. Seeing these observations will give you an idea of the types of activities you can do with your child at home.

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During your child’s focus week, you will be asked to complete an All About Me at Home booklet which your child’s class teacher will give you, in which you can write about your child’s interests and any noticeable observations of your child’s progress.

Your child’s key worker will use this information, and the information gained from in-class observations, to create Next Steps targets for your child.

The Next Steps document will provide you with suggested activities you can do with your child at home based on their individual learning needs.

Click here or on the image below to download Useful Websites for Home Learning in Nursery.

Espresso Home Access Guide for Parents

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