7 Tips for learning from home in early childhood education

What does a learning from home model look like?

We believe the most important thing is staying connected with you, our families. This will provide you with a trusted resource you can access if you wish and will enable a smooth transition back to on-site program delivery once this is possible.

Where do I start?

  1. Stay connected

We will reach out to you, but please remember you can reach out to us! To assist us let us know the best way to communicate together – this might be over the phone, via email or text, or through an app.

We are building on our use of the ways we already communicate with you. We have intensified our use of Story Park and are trialing other learning & development approaches too, in an effort to stay better connected throughout this period.

Different things can affect a child’s ability to self-regulate. For example, tiredness, illness and changes to their routine can all have an impact their ability to regulate their reactions and behaviour. Given the current circumstances, parents and carers we are here to support families in this area.

  1. Supporting children’s learning continuity

The Jumbo educators continue to plan and share a program and/or focus areas for the next few months in line with the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework. We have considered ways to adapt this for use by families with their children at home. Together with Story Park, daily activities that can be applied in the service and at home are also shared via Instagram, The Weekly Bulletin, Zoom & emails.

These are great opportunities for us to work collaboratively together. This works both ways as we love it when you share your activities with us too! We invite our families to share any activities being completed at home with our Jumbo community via Story Park.

Hands on activities with children help to balance time spent on screen-based activities. Please consider expert advice of limiting screen time to one hour a day. Easier said than done.

  1. Keeping children socially connected with their Jumbo community

We know that children’s participation in social settings strengthens their sense of identity, wellbeing and belonging. There are lots of ways to keep children connected with others during this time.

Technology can also support children to stay connected. For example, we invite families to share photos or video messages to say ‘hi’ and showing what children are doing at home.

  1. What technology platforms are we using to communicate at Jumbo?

We are excited to have a refreshed Jumbo Instagram presence. Check it out for creative inspiration & activity updates. In addition you can find us on:

  • Weekly Bulletin
  • Online learning support program – Story Park
  • Jumbo FacebookDirect emails
  • Phone conversations
  1. Any questions for Jumbo’s educational leaders regarding learning from home?

Sam, Kirsty, Nikki and Anna are available to support both educators and their practice with a focus on learning in the home.  We are also available to support the families if they have any questions or seek steering. Please shoot us an email.

  1. How is a learning from home model delivered by a team of educators?

The current Jumbo educational teaching team are contributing to this new learning at home approach by drawing on each other’s strengths and expertise.

Via formal and semi-formal professional conversations Jumbo educators are staying connected as a team reflecting on their learning from home plans.

  1. What support is the Department of Education providing to help us deliver a learning from home model?

The Department is making additional resources available for services to support families and children to engage in learning activities from home. Check out the links below:

Further high quality learning activities suitable for early learners are available on the FUSE website.

From all of us here at Jumbo, we look forward to welcoming our community back with open arms as soon as it is possible. We miss all of our families.