Suggestions for home learning and useful information for parents including OFSTED reports, parenting support, local events and links to the Department for Education.

Our OFSTED Reports

School House Ofsted report

St Martin’s Ofsted report

St Gerard’s Ofsted report

Information regarding Early Years

DfE website

What is the EYFS?

What is your child learning while they’re at preschool?

How to support your child to be ready to start school

Information regarding the Nursery Education Grant in Bristol

Additional support for children

ERIC – help with toilet training 

Bristol Local Offer (information about special educational needs and services in Bristol)

FLORA (Families, Local Offer, Resources and Advice) provides information, advice and signposting to support for families who are in the early stages of identifying that their child may have additional needs. The FLORA team can help families navigates the services and support that is available to them, their family and child. Call 0117 352 6020 or email:

Additional support for families


If you have immediate concerns about your own or someone else’s safety, call the police on 999. If it isn’t an emergency, but you need help fast call the police on 101.

If you are concerned about a child being abused or neglected, talk to the Designated Safeguarding Lead at your setting. Alternatively, if it is out of hours or during the school holidays you can contact First Response Team on 0117 903 0644 or the Emergency Duty Team on 01454 615165

Bristol Against Violence and Abuse

Citizens Advice

Bristol Mental Health crisis telephone number: 0300 5550334 or for a a routine enquiry call 0117 919 5670

Womankind – provides women with affordable counselling, psychotherapy and on going support

Next Link – Domestic Abuse Support Charity in Bristol

Bristol Housing Advice Service – free and confidential advice on housing and related matters

E-Safety advice from Bristol City Council for parents and children

E-Safety advice from the NSPCC

NSPCC parenting tips

Free children’s ebook and audiobook about Coronavirus

Local events

Family events around the city

Redcatch Community Garden

Home Learning Ideas and Support

Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Wellbeing

Strategies and tips to support your child’s emotional development

A range of ideas and activities to help you to spend quality time together as a family

Practical play ideas for playing at home during lock down – from Play Scotland

Supporting your child’s mental health through play

Fun learning ideas to do at home for four year-olds

Information about oral health and tooth brushing

Information about healthy food choices – NHS Change for Life

Speech and Language

How children learn language from the Speech and Language Therapy Team in Bristol

Universally Speaking – a booklet about typical speech and language development and how you can help at home

Tiny Happy People – tips and resources for fun games to support your child’s language development

Communication tips for families with children of all ages and stages

Afasic – supporting families for children struggling with their speech and language development

Literacy and Phonics

Words for Life – Ideas to support your child with literacy

Advice and tips on supporting your child’s communication from the BBC

Phonics – how to pronounce the sounds

Supporting early reading skills

Online listening games to support phonics


A guide to support mathematical development at home

Ten creative ideas for learning maths at home

Mathematical activities to set up at home and how to extend your child’s learning

Simple maths tips to try at home

Outdoor Learning

RSPB Outdoor family learning challenge

Wild Child Outdoor learning ideas

How to support your child’s learning in the outdoors