Guidance for parents

Support for you and your child

This page is designed to help you support your child to learn at home. Learning can be found in the everyday activities. Take time to discuss, ask questions and encourage your child to do the same. Above all, remember to have fun. 

Make a plan, review it and make changes if it doesn’t work

It's important to:

  • provide your children with some structure at home
  • where possible, share the load with other adults at home
  • take care of your own health and wellbeing as parents and carers  

Know the power of a schedule, timetable or rota

You could, for example:

  • involve your child in setting the timetable 
  • display the timetable on the wall 
  • try to be flexible with activities and scheduling 
  • maintain breaks such as snack time and time for play and exercise
  • help children to prioritise and understand what is expected 

Limit distractions

It's hard to avoid distractions, why not try:

  • limiting the use of electronic devices until their school work is done
  • allowing your children to play on a device during their breaks

9 productivity hacks to stay organised and avoid distractions

Make space for learning

This will ensure:

  • your child will achieve their best work in a quiet, comfortable space that is dedicated to learning

Mix screen time with other ways of learning 

Mixing scree time and learning is vital:

  • children like routines, but they also enjoy variety and different ways to learn
  • it's important to mix in paper-based resources or creative activities whenever possible
  • parents should encourage reading and writing
  • in addition to activities set by school, your children will learn through the tasks you do together at home, including:
    • tidying
    • cleaning
    • washing up
    • cooking
    • planning shopping lists
    • playing games
    • choosing books
    • watching films

Keep in touch with your child’s school

Make sure you:

  • maintain communication with your child’s school
  • explain that work has been set by their teacher, this may be easier to understand for your child and reduce the pressure on you   
  • use feedback from your child’s school rather than trying to correct or assess it yourself  
  • focus on praising your child’s attitude, focus and energy for learning    

Allow children to interact with friends and family through video chats 

You can:

  • allow your child to video chat with their friends or family members, or speak with other parents to set up a video chat
  • help your child to stay connected to their friends and family by looking at family photographs or writing a letter 

Remember to schedule time for fun and relaxation 

Downtime is important for your child:

  • have fun with your children while they're at home 
  • examples of fun learning activities are:
    • family card games
    • board games
    • exercise activities
    • cooking

Curriculum, literacy and mathematics

Our parents' guides to curriculum, literacy and mathematics are provided for you below:

Parents' guide to the new curriculum

Literacy guide for parents and carers (English)

Literacy guide for parents and carers (Portuguese)

Literacy guide for parents and carers (Polish)

Mathematics parent guide (English)

Mathematics parent guide (Portuguese)

Mathematics parent guide (Polish)

10 top tips for reading at home (5 to 11 years)

Helpful Links

Link Age  Description Cost
Feeling Angry Checklist 5 to 16 years Some strategies to help young people when they feel angry Free
Everybody Worries 3 to 9 years An online book to support parents in helping children understand Coronavirus Free