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Getting ready for learning from home - advice for parents and whānau

Children and young people having to learn from home can be unsettling for you and your whānau. Stay connected, remain child-centred, and avoid worry where you can.

This information will help you plan for your child to learn from home. This will help you and your whānau stay connected, keep learning, and have fun. 

Make sure you keep important contact numbers, such as your child’s service, school or kura to hand, and check teachers have your up to date contact details. 

If you have concerns or need any guidance or support, ring your local Citizen’s Advice Bureau and Work and Income.

Citizen’s Advice Bureau website

Work and Income website

As you prepare for your child to learn from home:

  • talk to your child, listen to their ideas about how they would like to learn and address any sense of anxiety where you can
  • agree roles and responsibilities with your whānau and friends
  • take into account who might be at the greatest risk of illness
  • who will work? 
  • who will stay at home with child/ren and support their learning?
  • who else can you share the responsibility with?

Getting ready for digital learning

The Ministry of Education is working to make sure as many families and whānau as possible are connected and do have a device to use. If you haven't already, we encourage you to talk with your early learning centre or school to let them know whether you:

  • have a device for digital learning in your home 
  • have an internet connection and data package that will let you download learning activities and resources 
  • know how to link up with your centre’s or school’s systems
  • know how to use the programmes your child’s teachers will be using with your children.

If you have a computer or device your child can use, here are some suggestions for making sure it is setup for learning.  

  • Talk with your child about keeping safe online. If you need more information, you could call Netsafe on 0508 638 723 or visit Netsafe website
  • Ask your child or young person to work in a place where you can check where they are going online.
  • Try to avoid direct glare or reflections on the screen.

If you are unsure about any of this, please let your school or centre know. You might like to ask a family member, neighbour or friend for help.

If you know any other parents or whānau that may be in a similar situation, please encourage them to talk with their centre or school.