Being engaged in your child’s learning is one of the most important things you can do to help them achieve. Parent engagement in learning starts from early childhood and continues as children move through school and beyond. With your support, your child can thrive in their learning.
You are your child’s first teacher and how you support your child’s learning matters. You have a key role in shaping your child’s values, attitudes and approaches to learning at home, at school, and beyond.
Parent engagement in children’s learning is about working closely with your child’s teachers to help your child to succeed. Parent engagement means knowing what they are learning at school, bringing school learning into the home, and helping teachers to know and understand your child so they can help your child to thrive at school. Strong partnerships between schools, parents and families are essential for children to be successful in their learning.
Being engaged in your child’s learning does not have to cost a lot of money or take a lot of time. How you engage in your child’s learning will change as they grow older. You can let your child know that you value education by showing an interest in what they are learning at school. Ask about lessons and how their teacher is teaching them. Talk positively about their school, their teachers and about your own experiences of education.
Show them the ways you continue to learn, even as an adult. Let them see you read and make sure they have comfy places to read. School and public libraries are great resources and have books that cater to every child’s interests. Discuss their hopes for the future. Set high expectations for your child’s learning and show them you believe in them.
Your relationship with your child provides the foundation for all their social relationships. Spend time together talking, playing games, telling jokes and sharing stories. This lets your child know that they are loved and valued.
Let your child see your relationships with the key people around them. Keep in touch with your child’s teachers about their interests, and how they are responding to school work. Share stories about weekend activities with their teachers. Encourage your child to show relatives and family friends the things they have been working on at school.
Talk to your child about their friends and their relationships. Find out their shared interests at school and ask about the things they like to do together. Explore how they respond to problems and how they celebrate their successes.
Let your child teach you. Find out what they are learning at school and plan activities that will allow them to show their learning to the whole family.
Give your child the opportunity to discover new things and explore new interests. Going to museums, libraries, sporting events and concerts allows you to find what they are interested in and helps them to be a part of their community.