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Helping children learn

As a parent you have a strong influence on your child’s learning and development from their early years and through school. You don’t have to be an expert or know how to do the work your child is learning – supporting and encouraging your child to learn makes a big difference.

Helping children and young people learn

When families and schools work together, children are more likely to build good relationships and be more successful at school. Information sheets have been developed to provide ideas of what you can do at home and school to support your child’s learning and development.

View the links below for more information:

  • What you can do in the early years
     In the early years there are many everyday opportunities for your child to learn from the day they are born.
  • What you can do in primary school
    You can help your child to be confident and enthusiastic learners and problem solvers by encouraging them to try hard and believe they can do their best.
  • What you can do in secondary school
    It can be challenging to stay involved in your child’s education through the secondary years. Your involvement can support their academic achievement, career aspirations and wellbeing.
  • How the whole family can learn together
    There are many ways your family can learn together, extended family and friends included.
  • Communicating with school
    Communicating about your child’s wellbeing and progress at school can assist them to be their best. You can seek advice from teachers about how to help your child and let them know what is going on at home.

This information is adapted from a series developed by the ACT Education and Training Directorate in partnership with the non-profit Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) and representatives of ACT independent, and Catholic schools and parent organisations. The material in the fact sheets is Creative Commons and is based on international research and consultation with teachers and parents.

What your child will learn each year

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) provide information sheets for parents outlining the Australian Curriculum and what your child will learn from reception to year 10. For more information visit the Australian Curriculum website.

Australian Curriculum general capabilities

The Australian Curriculum general capabilities are designed to develop students’ knowledge, skills, behaviours and dispositions to help them live and learn successfully now and in the future.

Information from your school

Schools will provide summary information about what children learn each year according to year level and the Australian Curriculum. Schools can provide information about activities delivered supporting the curriculum, including co-curricular activities.

Schools will communicate with parents in different ways about children and young people’s learning. Communication may include take home notices, apps, the school’s website or Facebook page. Speak with your school to find out how they communicate with their parent community.


Parent engagement

Phone: 8226 0870
Email: education.ParentEngagement [at] sa.gov.au