Learning from home
In the event of a prolonged early childhood education service closure or child’s absence, parents and carers can support their child’s learning from home.
Additional time at home is a great opportunity for families to engage in fun learning activities with their little ones. To assist families of babies and pre-schoolers the Department of Education has put together a list of online educational resources for children aged 0-5 years.
Learning at home is different to learning at an early childhood education service. It’s helpful to maintain a connection with your service and carers if you can, they may be able to provide additional advice and support.
Learning at home should be fun and include play-based activities that are child-led and build on other everyday activities. This resource sheet (PDF 533KB) will show you how to create opportunities for play-based learning in your home.
This kind of learning helps your child be ready for school by:
- Encouraging play-based learning
- Building autonomous learners
- Developing numeracy and literacy skills
- Engaging the imagination and encouraging child-led learning experiences
- Developing fine and gross motor skills
- Building upon the interests of children
- Encouraging discussion between the child and family members
- Sustaining cultural knowledge and understanding
- Promoting healthy living practices and general wellbeing
- Supporting the needs of children with disability
- Supporting families where English is not their first language
Provide support for your children by:
- Maintaining healthy eating routines
- Establishing routines and expectations
- Defining a space for your child/children to play in
- Beginning and ending each day with a check-in
- Taking an active role in helping your child engage in play-based activities
- Encouraging physical activity and/or exercise
- Checking in with your child/children regularly to help them manage stress
- Monitoring how much time your child is spending online and making sure there is a balance between indoor and outdoor play where possible