Things you can do
As a parent or carer, you play an important role in helping your child attend every day and get the most out of school.
There are a number of things you can do to help your child attend every day.
- Monitor their attendance. Keep an idea on how many days they miss.
- If they feel physically ill, check to see if anything is going on at school or if they feel anxious.
- Speak with your child's teacher to find out how they are going and how you can support them.
- Attend parent events and information sessions.
Talk and share
- Talk about school in a positive way with your child so they want to go.
- Talk about the benefits of school and value for them.
- Ask your child how they are going at school and about their friends.
- Support them to identify solutions to any issues or concerns they may have.
- Encourage your child to set personal goals related to school each term, and acknowledge their efforts and achievements.
- Find out about what your child would like to do in their future and discuss the pathways available to them.
Support routines and organisation
- Help your child develop the habit of going to school every day.
- Set a morning routine to help your child be organised and get to school on time.
- Have other transport options ready in case something unexpected happens. Bus services are available for both metropolitan and regional students.
- Set regular bedtime and evening routines. This helps your child get enough sleep. They will be well rested and ready to learn the next day.
- Help your child set up good homework and study routines.
- Limit the use of electronic devices, so they get off to sleep easily.
Appointments and holidays
- Where possible, make appointments for your child outside of school hours or during school holidays.
- Take family holidays during school holidays.
- Encourage extra-curricular activities so they create friendships and pursue their interests.
- Set limits on part-time work so they are not over-stretched or tired.
- Contact your child's teacher about any concerns and find out how they can support them.
- Find out about services available to support their attendance and wellbeing.
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