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Newsletter July 2020 - early years quality and inclusion team


Massage can provide your child with a positive experience of being touched. It develops body awareness and can help your child to calm. Your child could be sitting or lying on their stomach playing with toys.

Start with soothing strokes on their back moving onto legs, feet and hands.

Try incorporating massage stories and songs like Twinkle. Twinkle with your massage strokes as you draw out the actions with your hands. More ideas at Story Massage

Ideas for learning

Spend some time helping your child to find out about the different animals that live on a farm. Use the link below to find out about the differ-ent animals that lay eggs. You can find out about sheep and pigs too!

Sing Old MacDonald had a farm and encourage your child to make the animal noises. Can they make ‘quiet’ or ‘loud’ animal noises?

Supporting Communication

The more you talk and listen to your child the more chance you are giving them to develop good language and listening skills them-selves.

Check out the babycentre website for some easy ways you can help your child build their skills.

Supporting your child's wellbeing


Supporting your child to focus on an activity will support them to build their concentration skills in the moment and engage fully in the moment.

There are lots of ways you can do this at home and in the outdoors

When going for a walk ask our child to look out for things in the environment such as birds, trees, the col-our of the sky,

Collect items such as twigs, daisies, leaves them make a picture with them

Do some baking together

Play a game, put a few everyday items on a tray cover with a cloth remove one of the items without your child seeing then ask them to tell you which one is missing.

BBC bitesize how to incorporate mindfulness 
BBC bitesize developing a mindset

Reducing anxieties

All children need boundaries to help them feel safe and secure.

Let your child know what is expected of them

Notice when your child is following your expectations and tell them that your pleased with them and why.

When things go wrong, try to stay calm and tell them what you want them to do, support them to follow your expectations – you may need to give them on instruction at once.

More information on BBC bitesize

Looking after yourself

You may have others to look after, but it’s so important to make time for yourself as well:

Don’t feel guilty about putting your feet up or leaving non-essential household tasks. Make sure you get some downtime every day. 

Explore ways to be mindful: this can be a real boost for feeling calmer, stronger or happier. 

It’s quite normal to feel fed-up, overwhelmed or unappreciated from time-to-time. When that happens, phone a friend, contact a support group or post a message to a forum – whatever helps you voice your feelings.

More details at parents action for children

 Last updated: 17 Jul 2020