Coronavirus: early years home learning resources


In these unprecedented times, exhibitors of the Nursery World Show have rallied together to provide free early years home learning resources to support parents and education providers.

Last week, the government issued advice to parents asking them to keep their children at home wherever possible to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Subsequently, early years settings throughout the UK have closed or are operating with a skeleton staff.

These are in no doubt challenging times for early years settings and the families they support. In a bid to provide support during these unique circumstances, exhibitors from the Nursery World Show are offering free or significantly discounted online resources and services.

Bloomsbury Early Years - Free online activity ideas

Bloomsbury Early Years is an online library of activity ideas to do with children aged between 0-5, available for free during the coronavirus pandemic. To sign up, visit the contact page, and add ‘coronavirus free access’ to the message box. 

British Council eTwinning - Free 'Nature is my culture' online learning resource
Keeping a balance between the digital and real world. Online activities are inspired from culture and nature and can be shared with pupils from other European countries within a secured website.

nasen - Free early years webcasts
nasen have created 20 useful webcasts to help you support children in the Early Years. Titles include; the role of the key person, the four broad areas of need, social and emotional well-being in young children and many more.

nasen - Free early years mini guides
Four handy mini guides are now available from nasen. The guides look at how to identify and support children with SEND in the early years for PVIs and governing body led settings, childminders, reception classes and maintained nursery settings.

nasen - Free early years face to face training materials
nasen has created a suite of face to face training materials, designed to help you facilitate training in your own setting. The five sessions include, the role of the SENCO, high quality inclusive teaching, and working together with parents to support all children.

Practical Preschool Books - Free resource download
Practical Preschool Books has a free 'Planning for Learning through Books' resource to download to help you keep young children busy at home.

*NEW* The Education People - Free e-learning resources for early years and childcare professionals

The Education People are delighted to share all their e-learning, featuring the Threads of Success logo, free of charge throughout May for all Early Years and Childcare professionals in Kent.  Access your free online learning resources below. 

*NEW* The Education People - Free weekly 'Growing and Learning Together' online resources for families

The Education People have been busy producing a weekly online resource, “Growing and Learning Together”, offering families simple, inspiring and fun ideas to carry out with their children, creating special family moments and maximising the opportunity to raise emotional well-being and learning together. Find them all below.

TTS Ltd - Free downloadable activity books

Resources supplier TTS Ltd are supporting the continuation of learning with FREE downloadable activity books. The curriculum-focused books encourage independent learning and offer over 40 home learning activities for EYFS, KS1 and KS2.

If you think you have an online resource, guidance or a service which could assist early years settings and families during this time and would like to be featured in this article, please contact Frances Heaume on