Resources to use with Parents

Tool Kits

Parent involvement that makes a difference: People for education [doing what matters most: how parents can help their children succeed in school] 30 years of research from Canada, USA, England

A practical toolkit/resource for Principals, teachers and parents on how to help children succeed at school. Includes a research report covering 30 years of learning, tip sheets and instructions on how to use the kit. Click here.

Planning parent engagement, a guidebook for parents and schools (Ontario)

A Canadian resource guidebook for parents and schools with examples of useful parental engagement exercises and proven techniques for involvement and support. Click here.

Parents of Children with Complex Needs

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

A resource that has been developed for staff 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. Click here.

Parental engagement: engaging with families of children with a disability (ACT)

A fact sheet to help 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. Click here.

Boarding Parents

Parent engagement in Boarding contexts 

Australian Parents Council has worked with Boarding Australia to define parent engagement in boarding schools. Click here.

Indigenous Parents

Parental engagement: engaging with ATSI Australian families (ACT)

A fact sheet to help 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 to assist indigenous families in engagement. Click here.

Indigenous Parent Factor training

This is a resource aimed at indigenous families to improve engagement and learning. It is provided by the Australian Parents Council. Click here.

ESL

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

A fact sheet to help 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. Click here.

Further Reading

Learning Potential Resources (Federal Government)

A website with 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 practice 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. Click here.

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

Ideas and activities to help you in – encouraging your school-age child’s creative play, creative activities in visual art, media, drama, music, dance and movement. Click here.

Schoolatoz: practical help for parents: a comprehensive guide for parents of school aged children (NSW)

NSW education department website of practical assistance to parents. Click here.

Education Capital, parent fact sheet (ACT)

Fact sheet outlining the simple steps parents can take at home and with the school to have an impact on their children’s learning. Click here.

Parental engagement: Communicating with your child’s school (ACT)

Fact sheet outlining the importance of communicating with your child’s school and teacher. Tips for getting involved in the school community and questions to ask. Click here.

Parental engagement: family-led learning – engaging the whole family (ACT)

Fact sheet outlining how the whole family can play at part in learning through play, laughter, movement and exploration. Click here.

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

Fact sheet outlining six tips for parents to engage with their primary school aged children to help them with their learning. Click here.

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

Fact sheet outlining the importance of parental engagement in early childhood learning and four tips on what parents can do around play, learn and talk. Click here.