Hungry Little Minds Campaign
This is a campaign from the Department of Education (DfE).
It is aimed at supporting parents and carers of children between 0 and 5 to integrate activities into daily routines to boost early language, communication and literacy.
Simple, fun activities for children, from new-born to five
Many little things light up hungry little minds. Children take everything in, and even the smallest things you do with them can make a big difference.
Children love it when you chat, play and read with them, even when they’re too young to understand everything. Whatever the time and wherever you are, you can turn almost anything into a game.
And every little thing you do together will help set them up nicely for the day they start school.
Guidance for using technology in the Early Years
As part of the governments drive to help parents create positive learning environments at home through the use of technology, Hungry Little Minds has published an approved list of six apps to improve reading, writing and speaking.
It is widely recognised that phones and tablets are now a big part of everyday life for families but it can be hard for parents to know which apps and games can benefit their child’s learning as there are so many out there.
Which is why Hungry Little Minds asked an independent panel of experts to review a host of different apps to determine which have the best educational value.
The six apps, published on the Hungry Little Minds website, cover activities ranging from interactive story books, handwriting exercises using Artificial Intelligence and educational video games. There are some excellent apps that can be used to support phonics already being taught to school-aged children in the classroom, however it is advised that parents check with the class teacher that the approaches align with the school’s teaching methods before using the app at home.
Hungry Little Minds has also come up with a helpful checklist called the ‘FEED test’ for parents to use so they can reassure themselves that any apps their child uses are educational.