You can support your child by:
Every home is different but it’s important to provide a quiet and comfortable space in which to learn.
Where possible, extended learning should take place in a space your family shares. For example, a lounge room or dining room. These spaces are preferable over a bedroom, where your child can feel isolated and supervision can be more challenging.
It should be a place:
Start and end each day with a check-in to help your child:
A healthy daily routine is great for mental and physical health, as well as concentration and learning.
Encourage regular exercise breaks. This might mean going for a walk, using exercise DVDs and apps, dancing, floor exercises or using home exercise equipment.
Encourage healthy eating habits and make sure they drink enough water.
We encourage you to start and finish each day with a simple check-in. These check-ins can be a regular part of each day.
These questions allow your child to:
You could also check-in with your child throughout the day. This depends on your child’s needs.
You know your child best. As parents and carers of children with disability and additional needs, you are already very skilled in understanding, supporting and caring for your child. Your child’s school is developing learning programs for all learners, inclusive of the needs of your child. The learning activities provided will reflect their stage of learning and the goals of their Individual Education Plan (IEP), where appropriate.
Your child has a range of strengths and abilities that they bring to their learning. While some of the suggestions outlined above will be applicable to your child and home setting, greater support may be required some learning activities. Consider your child’s needs, and discuss with the classroom teacher:
Your child may use a range of equipment and technology (accessible software) at school that is necessary to their learning at home. The school will work provide access to appropriate equipment free of charge, and nominate a contact person at the school to assist with troubleshooting.
Routine and familiarity helps children and young people feel safe and secure. Some children find changes in routine very upsetting. If your child feels this way they will need your help to establish new routines to signpost their day. If you need further support you may wish to contact your child’s school or a health practitioner.
If you have questions about supporting your child to learn from home, call our advice phone line for parents on 1800 338 663.