Home Learning Resources


On Saturday 31st October the Government announced there would be a second lockdown for four weeks, as of Thursday 5th November and set to last until 2nd December 2020. In line with the government guidance, Tops Day Nurseries have pledged to remain open where possible to ensure stability and continuity for the children we care for. Following the return of children after the first national lockdown we saw an increase in children showing early signs of anxiety and disruptions to children’s development after having to be isolated for so long and so we are delighted that this time the government has recognised the Early Years as a Key Service, playing a crucial role in the development of the next generation.

For those who have made the decision to keep their child at home during the second lockdown, Tops Day Nurseries encourage you to continue engaging in activities with your child based on some of the routines we have at nursery. To support your decision for keeping your child at home, we are also offering the opportunity for parents to suspend your place. Please speak to your nursery manager for more information.

Many of our wonderful colleagues have been sharing live social media videos, activities and Zoom calls to support parents and children through this unprecedented time, so we have created this page including a huge range of activities from both Tops Day Nurseries and external websites.

These activities have been categorised under General, Communication & Language, Physical Development, Literacy & Maths, Arts Crafts & Sensory, Recipes and Parent Information.

Please be aware some links will take you off of our website on to a third party website.

Benefits of loose parts play

The value of block play

Make Your Own Mud Kitchen at Home

Tips for Potty Training at Home 

 Early Years home learning collection 

How to Make Your Own Baby Wipes from Home

Magical Water Drawing

Animal Signing at Storytime

Makaton with Songs

Makaton Food Signs

Kim’s Memory Game

A Squash & a Squeeze story 

Gruffalo’s Child story 

BBC Tiny Happy People

Communication Trust

 Small talk

The Stay Home Superheroes – Sophie’s Stories

TTS Step into spring 

Bubble Snakes!

Yoga for Children

Children’s Workout Live with Tops Winchester

FREE interactive music sessions

Benefits of hand clapping games

 Change 4 Life

Active For Life

Cosmic Kids

Boogie Mites, Wash Your Hands!

Tops Corfe Mullen live Boogie Mites session

PE with Joe Wicks

Tree Top Toddlers physical development stories:

Captain Cat – Race to Shell Island

Alfie Goes On Holiday

The Stolen Honey

Super Chloe

Kirsty’s Wishes

Freddie and the lost lunch



Interactive Goldilocks & the Three Bears

Interactive The Gruffalo

Interactive We’re Going On A Bear Hunt

Learning literacy skills through music and movement

Teach Your Monster To Read

Letters & Sounds

Phonics Play

Phonics Bloom

Number Blocks (BBC)

Oxford Owl



Dave the dog is worried about Coronavirus


Shadow Drawing Activity

Messy Play with Gloop

 Little Owls Resources

 Easy Peasy & Fun

Make Your Own Play Dough

Colourful Creatures

Make your own bird feeder


No Added Sugar Cocoa and Strawberry Mini Muffin Recipe

Butternut squash, black bean enchiladas and corn on the cob Recipe

No added sugar Monkey Bread Recipe

Cooking School with Catherine: No added sugar Cheesecake


How to help your children learn at home

A Parent’s Guide to Promoting Early Learning and Development at Home (0 – 5 years)

Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

The value of Nursery Education

Tips for dealing with stress & anxiety during pregnancy

How To Complete Parent Observations from Home

Top tips for lockdown safety

Staying safe online 

Helping children understand Coronavirus



Tips for talking to your child about Covid-19