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Early Years



As well as working with schools, The Education People and Children's University staff are committed to supporting children, young people and their families with home learning and enrichment opportunities.

We appreciate that this is an uncertain time for families but we hope that these home learning resources help you enjoy your time with your children, even in times of social distancing, self-isolation and possible lockdown.  Making happy memories, whilst learning during this time, will be very important to all.

These links have been given to us by a variety of partners including The Education People Advisors, Children's University Managers, Learning Destinations, libraries and partners such as Threads for Success.  

This section of our website will be updated each day so do come back every now and then to see what's new.  Do click on the subject links on the left tab for more specific resources available to schools and families.


Kent County Council service update:  Coronavirus is currently affecting some of our services across the county. For more information, check the individual service updates here


The Education People Primary School Improvement Advisor's resources

  • The Primary School Improvement Advisors have produced a PDF containing useful links and resources for EYFS.  You can access the PDF here.
  • Activities and ideas for families can be found here:
  1. Growing and Learning Together (Issue 1) 
    • den building
    • household routines - fun whilst doing the laundry
    • looking and listening - 'I-Spy' game
    • creating special moments.
  2. Growing and Learning Together (Issue 2)
    • hide and seek
    • memory hunt
    • treasure hunt
    • creating special moments.
  3. Growing and Learning Together (Issue 3)
    • family picnic fun
    • my family book
    • bath time scientists
  4. Growing and Learning Together (Issue 4)
    • musical moments
    • family relaxation
    • creating special moments


Cardboard Capers

  • Cardboard Capers is a weekly family craft challenge set by Animate Arts Company CIC.  It is free to take part in and uses families' imaginations and materials destined for the recycling bin.  The Challenges launch every Friday morning at 9am on YouTube. 


CBeebies: Fun games

  • Games for toddlers and preschoolers.  Discover games, puzzles and quizzes with CBeebies friends!


Colouring Heroes

  • Colouring sheets designed to thank our Key Workers during this lockdown.


Creativity Cures

  • They invite younger generations (suggested ages of between 4-18) to pick up any 'mark-making' tools you may possess around the home; from raw, synthetic art materials, digital graphics, even textiles, and use them to create something that conveys your feelings, captures your emotions, brings you joy, communicates positivity, unites us, extends peace and increases hope to everyone in the world right now!


Children's Centres online offer

  • Children's centres provide support for 0 to 5-year-olds and their families.

    Two of our children's centres -  Seashells in Sheerness and  Millmead in Margate - are providing a virtual service during the coronavirus crisis. Sessions and advice can be accessed by any Kent family, regardless of where they live.


Harper Collins

  • Activities for pre-schoolers to teens, including Mog the forgetful cat, Percy the parkkeeper, Dr Seuss, Skulduggery Pleasant and David Baddiel. 


Home Learning Packs from Stonewall

  • At such a difficult and uncertain time, Stonewall knows that education staff, parents and carers are facing unprecedented challenges. However, it's at times like these that we can come together to help each other. That's why Stonewall has launched a series of home learning packs. Whether you're a teacher sending work home for your students, or a parent or carer looking for some activities for your child, these packs are for you. There's a primary, secondary and SEND version of each pack, complete with suggested activities and supporting materials to support your child's learning:


  1. Creativity learning pack:  The creativity packs include a range of activities with curriculum links to art, computing, DT, English, music, PE and PSHE.
  2. Different families learning pack:  The Different families packs include a range of art, English and computing activities for Primary, Secondary and SEND pupils.
  3. English activities learning pack:  The English packs include a range of activities with curriculum links to art, history, geography, music and PSHE.
  4. Frida Kahlo learning pack: The Frida Kahlo packs include a range of art, English and computing activities for Primary, Secondary and SEND pupils.
  5. LGBT history learning pack:  The LGBT history packs include a range of art, DT, English, history, music, science, PSHE, PE and computing activities.
  6. Maths problems learning pack:  There's a primary, secondary and SEND (P-Scales) version of each pack, complete with suggested activities and supporting materials to support your child's learning. Pick and choose the activities to suit your child.  



 The Imagination Tree

  • Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest children.  



  • With with many children home-bound for the foreseeable future we are pleased to have available a number of free-to-download, printable resources and activities to keep them entertained, including colouring sheets, cutting guides and class worksheets.


Oak National Academy online classroom and resource hub

  • The sector-led Oak National Academy has today launched its online classroom and resource hub. The Academy offers 180 video lessons each week for schools to use, across a broad range of subjects. The lessons cover children in Reception through to Year 10 and are free to use by both teachers and young people.


Scholastic Resource Bank (Early Years)

  • In response to the COVID-19 outbreak in the UK, Scholastic Resource Bank have put together a range of FREE home learning packs for Early Years, KS1, Lower KS2 and Upper KS2 children to help parents and teachers prepare for all eventualities.


Stour Academies Trust home learning resources

  • In these uncertain times, the SAT aims to provide quality-learning opportunities for children whilst school closures are in place.

    They will be providing daily lessons for both English and Maths and weekly lessons for Topic and Science for every year group.

    Choose your year group from the link above and every day you can watch a video input from a teacher and view resources and ideas that will help your child complete an activity.


Top Marks

  • Resources for toddlers and preschoolers.


YouTube live story books

  • These channels include:
  1. Jez Alborough reading "Where's My Teddy?" and "Albert and Little Henry"
  2. Eric Carle reading "The Very Hungry Caterpillar"
  3. B. J. Novak reads from "The Book With No Pictures"
  4. Drew Daywalt's "The Day the Crayons Quit"
  5. Andy Stanton reading all of his second Mr Gum book: "Mr Gum and the Biscuit Billionaire"
  6. David Walliams reads an extract from "Gangsta Granny"