Early learning at home
Support for educators to deal with the closure of a preschool or early intervention class or the extended absence of a child due to illness or other reasons.
Continuity of learning and transitions is an important practice of the Early years learning framework.
- draw on their creativity, intuition and imagination to help them improvise and adjust their practice to suit learning from home
- consider a child and family's unique needs and circumstances, for example children with English as a second language and those with disability
- use their knowledge of Aboriginal students, families and communities to develop planned experiences
- consider individualised learning plans when assessing how a child is progressing in their learning and what you might suggest families build on during the child’s time at home
- involve the child’s current strengths, interests and areas of focus to continue their learning at home.
Learning from home resources
Use these resources to support children who are absent from preschool or an early intervention class.
- Projects for learning – Identity, culture, strengths (DOCX 93KB)
- Family resource booklet – Knowing me, my family and community (PDF 422KB).
- Projects for learning – Resilience, autonomy and interdependence (DOCX 93KB)
- Family resource booklet – Making choices and decisions and developing resilience (PDF 424KB).
- Children have a strong sense of identity – Learning resource for parents (DOCX 74KB)
- Projects for learning – Sustainability (DOCX 80KB)
- Family resource booklet – Caring for the environment (PDF 634KB).
- Projects for learning – Diversity, rights and connecting to community (DOCX 79KB)
- Family resource booklet – Diversity and rights PDF 964KB).
- Children are connected with and contribute to their world – learning resource for parents (DOCX 73KB)
- Projects for learning – Wellbeing (DOCX 93KB)
- Family resource booklet – Healthy, active body and mind (PDF 718KB).
- Projects for learning – Healthy lifestyles (DOCX 91KB)
- Family resource booklet – Healthy eating, active play and keeping clean (429 KB).
- Children have a strong sense of wellbeing – learning resource for parents (DOCX 83KB)
- Projects for learning – STEM (DOCX 77KB)
- Family resource booklet – Science, Maths, Engineering and Technology (STEM) (PDF 625KB).
- Projects for learning – Creativity, imagination, reflexivity and connection (DOCX 79KB)
- Family resource booklet – Creativity, imagination and connecting learning (PDF 708KB).
- Children are capable and confident learners – Learning resource for parents (DOCX 75KB)
- Projects for learning – Literacy (DOCX 96KB)
- Family resource booklet – Early literacy (PDF 410KB).
- Projects for learning – Early numeracy (DOCX 181KB)
- Family resource booklet – Patterns, numbers, space and measurement (PDF 526KB).
- Children are effective communicators - Learning resource for parents (DOCX 2MB)
Communication with families about the child’s learning at home is an important part of these resources. This will be key to the child’s successful return to preschool or early intervention.
On the child’s return educators are encouraged to gather feedback from families about their child’s time at home:
- What has the child been interested in?
- What learning has the family observed?
- What experiences have they engaged in with their child?
Use this to inform the child’s individualised learning plan moving forward, also considering educators’ own knowledge of how the child was progressing before the absence.
Early Childhood Literacy and Numeracy Building Good Practice Resources - cards - Australian government
Support for Literacy and Numeracy - Australian government
Foundations for success - resource hub - short, engaging videos capturing the knowledge and good practice of Indigenous leaders and educators from across Queensland
Get Up and Grow: Healthy Eating and Physical Activity for Early Childhood resource - Department of Health
Learning potential - Australian government
Starting blocks - Australian children's education and care quality authority (ACEQA)
Cool Australia - video clips, documentaries, images, articles, stories and news
Play and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder- Raising Children Network
Preschoolers - play and learning - Raising Children Network
Be You - COVID-19 support for educators- support for teachers and their wellbeing in the early childhood education sector
Easterseals school closure toolkit - includes visual supports for children with autism to use during the COVID-19 school closures.
Autism hangout - YouTube
Early learning matters podcast
Early Learning Coordinator Jacqui Ward is joined by a number of colleagues who support department preschools where they unpack important early childhood concepts, theories and practice.