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Funding supports parents engagement

Friday, 7 February, 2020

Cultural celebrations, a community barbeque and literacy workshops are some of the ways 30 state government schools and preschools will support parent engagement in their child’s learning this year through the Parents in Education (PIE) funding program
More than $80,000 in funding has been shared amongst the successful sites to develop locally tailored initiatives that aim to address the needs of children, their families and the school community.  
Fulham Gardens Primary School will embrace their culturally diverse community by encouraging families to share their traditions through interactive lessons on food, dance, art and crafts significant to their culture.  
To ensure parents who speak English as an Additional Language are included in their school life and community, Keller Road Primary School will tailor school resources so they can be accessed in families’ first languages.   
Sites like Charles Campbell College and Lake Windemere B-7 School will send their parents back to school to run workshops which aim to build their confidence and skills to teach their child reading, writing and maths at home.  
See the list of successful education sites and initiatives below. 
Quotes attributable to Executive Director Early Years and Child Development, Karen Weston 
Parents play an essential role in their child’s learning and development so it’s important our schools and preschools are able to support them to build the confidence and skills as their child’s first teacher. 
The initiatives aim to help parents and caregivers understand what their children are learning and how they can support their child’s education at home.  
The government is committed to engaging parents in their children’s learning and has established a Parent Engagement Framework, providing an overarching vision and approach that guides the department’s parent engagement work.   
Resources to support parents to engage in their children’s learning at the different stages of development can be found on the Department for Education’s website.  
The department has also developed a professional development module to provide staff with foundational knowledge about working with parents to support their children’s learning.

Download the full media release to see the full list of successful applicants.