We know this may be a difficult time for many of you. It may feel stressful, knowing your children are going to be at home and out of their normal routines for a number of weeks. The best thing you can do as a parent to support your children is be present - spend time with them, engage with them, talk to them and communicate with them.
Early childhood education isn't about fancy resources, it's about love, time and guidance, and about creating learning opportunities out of everyday experiences.
To help, we've pulled together a selection of resources which you may find useful for using with your tamariki.
The Ministry of Education is also currently developing new resources that will include:
- Practical activities - tip sheets, conversation starters
- Wellbeing guidance - dealing with challenging conversations, where to go for help
- Resources for parents and whānau - building partnerships about learning
These resources will be available on the Ministry of Education's Learning from Home website as soon as they are available.
If you have any suggestions for additional resources, websites, information or ideas, please contact us and let us know. We'd love to hear from you!
Cosmic Kids Yoga is a place for stories, yoga and fun.
Tiny Adventures is where you can discover simple and fun activities for whānau in tricky times, just like COVID-19.
Radio New Zealand's Storytime - New Zealand audio books, stories and music for kids of all ages.
Check out Karen O'Leary's preschool home learning programme on TVNZ on Demand.
Here is a video with a selection of art ideas, hosted by Dr Lisa Terreni.
A story for children about Coronavirus.
The Litle Monster Series - Colours. Learning the main languages of New Zealand - English, Te Reo and Sign Language (NZSL).
First part of the Little Monster series, incorporating the main languages of New Zealand - English, Te Reo and Sign Language (NZSL). This video looks at animal names (as well at noises).
Pukeko Pictures has created a free children's book for pre-schoolers, Stay Clear, Say Clean, Stay Kind. It's been written by award-winning children's book writer and illustrator, Martin Baynton.
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