Transition to School

A positive start to school will help your child develop a lifelong love of learning.

A successful transition to school is more than a great first day. It is your child feeling welcome, safe and confident in their new school environment.

The Department of Education and Training have provided some valuable information for families on the link below.

A positive start to school will help your child develop a lifelong love of learning

Safe Sleeping

Babies spend a lot of their time sleeping. Some sleeping arrangements are not safe. They can increase the risk of Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI) including SIDS and fatal sleeping accidents. SIDS remains the most common category of deaths between one month and one year of age.

Research has found some important ways to reduce the risk of sudden infant death and create a safe sleeping environment for babies. The Red Nose website provides information to help you create a safe sleeping environment for your baby on the link below.

Making the Early Years Count

Making the Early Years Count

On the Early Years Count website you can find information and activities specific to your child and family, based on age, relationship, location and activity preferences.

You can also look around the website and check out the five ways to get started for tips and information on supporting your child’s early learning and development through play, care, encouragement, numeracy (read & count) and literacy (talk & listen) or sort by age to find content relevant to your child on the link below.

Triple Your Positive Parenting Skills

Triple Your Positive Parenting Skills

Parenting can be hard work and unfortunately, children don’t come with instruction manuals. Most parents learn on the job, but you can also learn some skills and tips on parenting through Triple P (Positive Parenting Program)

Triple P is the flexible, practical way to develop skills, strategies and confidence to handle any parenting situation. It’s backed by decades of research. And it’s already helped more than 4 million children and their parents.

You can find more information on the Triple P Positive Parenting Program on the link below.

How often do we listen to our children?

How Often Do We Listen to Our Children?

Listening to children can provide parents, educators and carers with invaluable insight into how they like to learn and the best ways we can educate them.

In partnership with the Griffith Institute for Educational Research, the department’s Metropolitan region has developed the Listen! 200 Children’s Voices video series. The research team spoke with 200 children in kindyPrepYear 1 and Year 2 and asked them what, where, how and why they like to learn.

They found children have many varied and insightful opinions about their learning experiences and were eager to talk about these.

The study encourages families, educators and the community to actively listen to children to create stronger relationships, improved transitions and better learning experiences.

You can find out what the children have to say by watching the videos Listen! 200 Children’s Voices on the link below.

Choosing healthy food for your child isn't hard

Healthy Eating For Young Children

Choosing healthy food for your child isn’t hard. It just means offering a range of foods from the five food groups – and it adds up to the best possible nutrition for your child’s growth, development and learning.

Your child might still be a fussy eater at this age. If your child is not keen on trying new foods, you could get them to help you with choosing and preparing fresh and healthy family meals. When children have a say in their food, they’re much more likely to eat it.

The Raising Children website provides reliable information, tips and ideas on nutrition and healthy eating, with articles on GI, getting kids to eat vegetables, good fats and more on the link below.