08 September 2022

An exciting new initiative that supports children’s learning at home and in their Early Years setting.

50 things to do before you’re five is an exciting initiative that supports children’s learning at home and in their Early Years setting and our new video is now available to view and download below.

The video helps schools and settings introduce 50 things to do before you’re five  to families with young children, and shows them how to find the free app. The app gives great suggestions for how to have fun and learn at the same time.

Inspired by parents and carers, each activity has been developed by Early Years experts and language specialists to create a fabulous resource for families and a range of early years settings to use.

The 50 Things app is free to download by visiting or through the AppStore or GooglePlay store, and then select “Hertfordshire” from the list of regions/cities.

Once downloaded, the app offers a list of 50 FREE, or low-cost activities (under £20 for a family of four) that early years settings, schools and parents can experience with their child/children in or around Hertfordshire.

Hertfordshire County Council commissioned the Herts for Learning Early Years team to ensure all activities within the app include links to local services and places to visit, such as the many parks, woodlands, and waterways in Hertfordshire as well as the libraries, museums, and historical sites. The activities have been designed to support families and focus on developing important early language skills. This no-cost resource can be used to complement the EYFS curriculum and home learning.

Emma Wild, Project lead and Early Years Adviser at Herts for Learning, has been delighted at the feedback from the hundreds of families and settings who have downloaded the app across Hertfordshire , saying:

"It was brilliant to see so much interest from schools and settings throughout Hertfordshire at the launch event. We’ve had a surge in app downloads and are really excited to get children experiencing new things around the county.”

The app also offers the ability to build a digital memory bank of a child's special moments. Ideas include indoor, outdoor, seasonal, home-based, and out-and-about activities, that are not only fun but will get young children off to a flying start with their learning and language development which will support their transition into school.

For further information or images, please contact Emma Wild by emailing or visit

50 things to do before you're five resources

We think this app is fantastic. The suggested activities are incredibly rich and varied, and by engaging our parents in exploring the activities it will have a real impact on our pupils and their readiness to learn. The activities are very inclusive and will particularly benefit our disadvantaged and SEND pupils.

We have communicated information about the app to our parents (right up to Year 2 as we can see how older children could benefit too!) but also look forward to using some of the ideas in our setting as well. We have already received feedback from 'wow moments' over half term where parents have used the app as a basis for family fun.

Contact us today to find out how we can help you.