Coronavirus - absence from our EYFS Unit

Due to the Government updates regarding a partial closure for schools and nurseries, I felt that it was important to create this page to offer support for you and your family whilst following the latest advice to stay at home.
 
Information is changing all of the time, but updated information is always available at: 
 
 
 
We hope to add information and activities to this page that will help to keep learning going!  
 
Please don't feel anxious about 'teaching' your child at home. Just enjoy spending time together.  Trying to get your children to 'do work' will cause stress and anxiety for you both, and nobody needs that at the moment!
 
Children don't learn when they are feeling stressed and anxious and children learn a huge amount from day to day activities and through play!
 
Instead, cuddle up together and read, read, read!  Read as much as you can and talk about the stories you read.  Get your children to tell you stories by picking a character, a setting and an object. eg. an alien in school with a boomerang (the odder, the better!).  Play games, do a puzzle, build a fort, bake, paint, build lego together, look at photographs from when you were little and talk about them!
 
I have listed below lots of links to useful websites and lots of activities that can be looked at or printed off to use.
 
I am uploading fun daily challenges and will be sending messages through your child's Tapestry account.  If you have not got log-in details, please email school and I will ensure that I will email the consent forms that we need to get you up and running!
 
We would love you to add information to your child's Tapestry account to let us know what you have been up to and sharing those "wow" moments!  Staff will be signing in regularly to keep in touch with what is going on at home. 
 
The EYFS team, the whole school staff and the wider teaching community are devastated that we may not see the majority of our pupils and their families for an unknown period of time.
 
We send our very best wishes to you all and hope that by following the government guidelines, we can stop the spread of this virus and life will get back to normal very soon.  Please be assured that all staff are working incredibly hard behind the scenes to ensure that when the time is right for all children to return to school, we can welcome them with open arms and continue to be the amazing space that we have worked incredibly hard to grow over the past few years.
 
This may be a scary, uncertain time - but for children, it may well be a time that they remember as a really wonderful time with family!
 
Stay safe and see you soon,
 
Louise Whitfield and the EYFS Team
 
 
Lots of our children have enjoyed using Now Press Play (the story-based activities using the pink headphones in school).  
 
You are now able to access stories from home.  Using headphones can block out any distractions but children do need to move around without restriction, so wired headphones are not ideal!  
 
The site can be accessed on via a phone, tablet or computer.  We do ask that children only listen to the activities designed for their age range as some of the older activities will be used as part of the curriculum in school.
 
          Password: nowpressplay
 
Enjoy!
 
Useful websites for all EYFS children:
Activities suitable for Pre-School children:

T. 01388 816 078
E. kingstreet@durhamlearning.net