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Early Childhood and Families

3/08/2015

It is widely recognised that strong relationships and connections between educators, families and communities influence student achievement.Science tells us that 80% of brain development occurs before a child is three years old, and by the age of four 92% of the brain is formed. These figures highlight the important role family members play as a child’s first and most influential teachers. Early childhood educators acknowledge, value and build on the experiences, cultures, languages and practices children bring with them to school.

Things you can do to support your child's learning:

  • Ensure your child attends school on time each day. Attending school on time each day helps children to feel connected to the learning happening in the classroom, as well as to their friends and teachers.
  • Make sure your child starts the day with a healthy breakfast. It will help them to concentrate and give them energy to play.
  • Help your child’s class teacher to understand your child by sharing information about their interests and habits.
  • Establish routines at home. Routines provide structure which in turn helps children to feel secure and assists memory recall; both of which are important for learning.
  • Have an early bed-time routine, e.g. 7:30pm. Children need a good sleep each night (11-13hrs) so they are better able to pay attention, think creatively and play sensibly.
  • Talk with your child about their day at school and everyday routines at home. This helps them to develop oral language skills as well as understand that there is a link between home and school.
  • Volunteer as a helper in the classroom – join in with the learning experiences, share how to cook a special meal, help to make gardens in the playground or yarn a story for the children.
  • Read with your child every day. This provides lots of opportunities. You can strengthen your relationship whilst improving your child’s language and communication skills. Reading daily contributes to academic excellence, develops thinking skills and assists your child to make connections to the world around them.
  • Good reading habits enhance concentration and help your child to view reading as fun, not a chore.