Activities to help – a letter to parents

27th March 2020

Dear Parents,  

I am writing to you at the end of our first week in isolation. I hope you and your families are all well and managing to find a way to enjoy the new way of life we are all experiencing.  I am sure there are highs and lows, particularly as we all try to adjust to the changes.

I would like to say a big thank you for the many emails we have received praising the work the nursery staff team do and expressing your support for Chiltern.

I am sure many of you are having to manage the balance between working and caring for your children, not a feat to be underestimated! As the novelty of being at home all day starts to wear off, I thought it would be a good idea to share some ideas with you for keeping your children busy, engaged, and which will promote their continued development.

Below are some links to some websites you many find useful:

Physical Development and Exercise  – Physical Development – Joe Wicks Daily kids’ workout

Communication and Language Development   Activities to support Language and Communication Development.

 Personal, Social and Emotional Development   Is your child anxious about the Coronavirus ‘The kids should see this’ videos, help to explain the science around germs, hand washing and other relevant topics

Literacy – Book trust, a range of books to read along to.   CBeebies – Bedtime stories

Mathematics  10 creative Maths activities

Understanding the world   Understanding the world – The Dad lab.

Expressive Arts and Design  Expressive arts and design

Activity Ideas for all areas of learning and development – ideas for all ages and areas of learning and development

Activities for younger children  – 20 activities for Toddlers  NCT website with guides on development for 0 – 2 year olds and activity ideas

Information for parents

CBeebies – Grownups section. Parenting tips and advice

Please be reassured that children learn best when they are happy, relaxed and enjoying what they are doing and the value of learning through play cannot be underestimated. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to provide a wide range of complicated activities every day.  You are having to balance many other aspects of your life, like working and the weekly challenge of getting everything you need from the supermarket!

Choose activities that you and your child enjoy and don’t be afraid to repeat them, as children need to be able imbed new skills through practice.

I hope you find these website links useful and I will send you out an updated list each week, for some fresh ideas.

A few of you have asked about keeping in touch with the nursery staff and other families, and this is something we are looking into. I will be back in touch when we have finalised ways in which we can do this.

Once again, thank you for your support during this difficult time, and have a happy, healthy weekend,

Kind regards


Nicola Richards
Nursery Manager
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