How can I help my child?


  • Listen to them read, this is really important.

  • Talk to your child - encourage them to use longer sentences and new words

  • Take an interest in what they are doing at school and always be positive.

  • Share books!  Read to your child, get them to read to you and talk about books.

  • Limit screen time, especially time spent on electronic games.  Check they are only playing age appropriate games - they are over 18 for good reason.

  • Ensure they get enough sleep.

Encouraging your child’s language skills.


  • Ask them about their day, interests, friends etc

  • Ask them their opinions eg. What’s their favourite TV programme and why? Talk about things that have happened

  • Get them to tell you about a story or TV programme they have seen.

Share books with your child

  • Make up stories to go with the pictures

  • Retell stories together.

  • Discuss your favourite characters or the funny bits of the story.

  • Let them read to you.

  • Read to them

Play games.

  • Imaginative Play:

  • Let your child lead the way in developing make believe stories

  • Tea parties

  • Shops

  • Playing with dolls or action figures.

  • Play with pretend telephones.

  • Take turns to give each other directions around the house, or instructions.

  • 20 Questions.One person thinks of an object and everyone has to guess what it is by asking up to 20 questions. The answer can only be yes or no.

  • Sports Commentary.The children describe things as if they were sport commentators.

How can you help your child?

We are often asked by parents about how they can help at home. There are many simple easy ways that you can support your child. Below are a few of the general ways which you can support your child; however, for ways that are more specific to a subject, please look to the tab menu.