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Years 9–10: Parent and whānau guidance

Your child's school will have systems in place to enable your child to learn from home.

Home Learning TV is available on demand at You will find over 300 episodes that have lessons designed for all early learning and school ages.

Home Learning TV – TVNZ

We want learning to be fun, enjoyable and interesting for everyone. If things are becoming overwhelming or frustrating for you or your child, pause, take a moment, have a conversation, try to understand what’s working and what’s not. The conversation will guide you both on what should happen next. Maybe it’s a good time for a break.

Learning happens everywhere

Although you are not in a school setting, wherever you are can be your child’s new learning space.  Your child doesn’t need to sit at a desk or complete book work all day to learn effectively.

Learning opportunities happen everywhere, every day. So use whatever you have access to.

  • Ask your child what they would like to do.
  • What has your child been working on at school recently?
  • You don’t have to stick to a rigid schedule or timing. If your child is working on something that is interesting to them, let them continue working on it before you move to another activity.
  • Be enthusiastic about any learning.
  • Think about what you have in or around your home that can aid and make learning fun.
  • Involve your whānau in planning for the day. 

Find something that works for your whānau

Learning doesn’t just happen between 9am and 3pm so find a routine or schedule that works for you all. Things to discuss together might include:

  • Do we still need to be ready at the same time we used to – particularly if we don’t need to travel to school or work?
  • If you have an exercise routine, then you should continue that, if you can. Your child might also like to join in with you.
  • It may be helpful to plan out what your day will look like. Sit down with your child and work out what you will be doing together and what they will be doing by themselves. What time can you block out for learning, breaks and fun?
  • If there are multiple people with you, how can you share the role to support the learning? For example, older siblings can read stories to younger siblings. Younger siblings can practise working independently if they have a sibling at secondary school who needs a quiet space to focus. 

Every day could be slightly different until you find a routine and schedule that suits you all.