Resources to use with Parents

Tool Kits & Resources

Parent involvement that makes a difference

This Canadian toolkit contains a range of practical resources for principals, teachers and parents covering how to help children succeed at school. It includes a research report covering 30 years of learning, tip sheets and instructions on how to use the kit | LEARN MORE

Planning parent engagement, a guidebook for parents and schools

This Canadian resource guidebook for parents and schools contains examples of useful parental engagement exercises and proven techniques for involvement and support | LEARN MORE

Parents of children with complex needs

Parental engagement: a training toolkit full of useful resources for supporting parents with complex needs

This UK resource has been developed for staff who are responsible for professional development within schools. It provides them with interactive training materials to support and encourage parents to engage effectively with their child’s learning within their school community | LEARN MORE

Parental engagement: engaging with families of children with a disability

This ACT Government fact sheet helps educators engage with families of children with disability. It will help them understand the Disability Standard for Education, how to strengthen relationships with families and key stakeholders and how to develop an individual learning plan | LEARN MORE

Boarding Parents

Parent engagement in boarding contexts

The Australian Parents Council has worked with Boarding Australia to define parent engagement in boarding schools | LEARN MORE

Indigenous Parents

Parental engagement: engaging with ATSI Australian families

This ACT Government fact sheet helps educators engage with families of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander origin. It will help them review parental engagement strategies, show respect for experience and culture of ATSI families, and assist Indigenous families in engagement | LEARN MORE

Indigenous Parent Factor training

This Australian Parents Council resource is aimed at Indigenous families to improve engagement and learning | LEARN MORE

ESL

Parental engagement: engaging with families for whom English is an additional language or dialect (ACT)

This ACT Government fact sheet helps educators engage with families for whom English is an additional language or dialect. It will help them review parental engagement strategies, show respect for the experiences, culture and language of families for whom English is an additional language/dialect and how to connect to support parental engagement by EAL/D families | LEARN MORE

Practical Resources for Parents to Use at Home

NEW: Parent engagement in learning: Strategies for parents of children from Prep-Year 12

These Queensland Department of Education resources provide parents with a range of age-appropriate activities and ideas to support their child’s learning:

  • Ways to support your child’s learning Prep-Year 2 | LEARN MORE
  • Ways to support your child’s learning Years 3-6 | LEARN MORE
  • Ways to support your child’s learning Years 7-9 | LEARN MORE
  • Ways to support your teenager’s learning Years 10-12 | LEARN MORE

Learning Potential

This Australian Government website contains a wealth of practical advice and activities to help parents support their child’s learning at home. It contains:

  • 41 ‘every day ideas’ to show parents how to practise literacy and numeracy skills with their child during everyday life.
  • 80 ‘practice together’ articles to guide parents on how they can reinforce literacy and numeracy skills their child is learning at school.
  • 80 ‘practice online’ activities, including internet games and videos that parents and children can do together to practice these same skills | LEARN MORE

Raising children: ideas for learning and play with primary school children

This Australian parenting website contains an extensive range of articles, advice and activities to help parents encourage their school-age children take part in creative play, creative activities in visual art, media, drama, music, dance and movement | LEARN MORE

SchoolAtoZ: practical help for parents: a comprehensive guide for parents of school aged children

This NSW Education Department website provides a range of practical assistance and learning advice to parents | LEARN MORE

Education capital, progressing parent engagement

This ACT Government fact sheet outlines the simple steps parents can take at home and with the school to have an impact on their children’s learning | LEARN MORE

Encouraging parent engagement from the start

This QIS Parents Network fact sheet recognises that starting Prep or high school can be an exciting and nervous time for students and their families. Parents can help make the transition as smooth as possible with a few simple strategies | LEARN MORE

Parental engagement: communicating with your child’s school

This ACT Government fact sheet explains to parents the importance of communicating with their child’s school and teacher. It provides tips for parents about how to get involved in the school community and questions to ask | LEARN MORE

Parental engagement: family-led learning – engaging the whole family

This ACT Government fact sheet outlines how the whole family can play a part in learning through play, laughter, movement and exploration | LEARN MORE

Parental engagement: what you can do at home – parental engagement in primary school

This ACT Government fact sheet outlines six tips for parents to engage with their primary school-aged children to help them with their learning | LEARN MORE

Parental engagement: what you can do at home – parental engagement in early childhood

This ACT Government fact sheet details the importance of parental engagement in early childhood learning and four tips on what parents can do to promote play, learning and talking | LEARN MORE

Family guides for student success

The Mississippi Department of Education has released family guides for student success with specific guides from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 8. They are designed to help families support what their child is learning in the classroom | LEARN MORE