Home learning and early language

We provide a range of home learning and targeted support for parents with preschoolers, aged 3 to 4 years old. This enables Hackney to provide a clear focus on supporting young children who were babies at the height of the pandemic.

Useful resources

Better Health Start for Life

There’s no need to buy lots of toys or have big days out. Wherever you are, simply chatting back and forth, answering your child’s questions and sharing special moments helps their brain to grow and develop secure and strong connections. 

"90% of brain growth happens before the age of five. What you do together can make a huge difference."

The Start for Life website is packed with simple ideas from other parents on how to build little moments with your child into each day. It includes lots of examples of tips and activities for you to do together with your child at different ages.

Tiny Happy People

Tiny Happy People helps you develop your child's language skills at home. Explore simple activities and play ideas and find out about babies and toddlers' amazing early development.

Find out more about Tiny Happy People  

Learning Together Programme

The Peep Learning Together Programme will begin this term at two of our Children's Centres.

This programme is delivered by a trained expert and will support you to enhance your child’s language and communication skills by building on the activities you already do at home - such as chatting, singing, sharing stories and playing together.

It is a welcoming environment where you will be able to ask questions and meet new people.   Refreshments and creche are provided. You will also receive a free Home Learning Pack to take home and use with your child.

Sessions run for 1.5 hours a week for 6 weeks. The dates and times are:

Comet Nursery and Children's Centre

Mapledene and Queensbridge Children’s Centre

Places are limited so we encourage you to register as soon as possible. For more information, please contact alex.charalambous@hackney.gov.uk

Find out more about Peep and see additional support for parents: 


Children and Family Hubs

This page was last modified on: 21 Feb 2024