Things you can do

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.

Be aware

  • 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.

After-school activities

  • 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.

Seek support

  • 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.

Get even more tips to help your child get the most out of school.