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Information for parents and whānau

Working together with your child’s early learning services or school, you can support your children to learn from home. It’s key to remember that your home does not have to be a school. Learning happens anywhere and everywhere and your home is already a learning environment. It is not necessary to turn your home into a class room. 

First and foremost, communicate with your child’s teacher. They will have a plan for learning at home – you aren’t expected to replace the teacher.

You will need to consider the different ages of your children learning at home. Those at secondary level may need a separate quiet space, whereas you may be able to find learning opportunities for younger children through every day activities. 

The next section ‘Planning for learning at home’ provides some guidance on the things you may want to start thinking about with your whānau.

Planning for learning at home 

Your home is already a learning environment. It is not necessary to turn it into a classroom or service. Learning opportunities happen anywhere every day. Remember that learning should be fun.

  • Plan what your day will look like. Sit down with your child or children and work out what you will be doing together and what they will be doing alone.  
  • Discuss what work best for you and your family when planning learning. Remember, learning doesn’t only happen between 9am – 3pm. 
  • It’s important to take regular breaks, get outside for some fresh air and do some physical activity.
  • Some things you might want to support your child with each day:
    • Read (or hear) a story. 
    • Write something.
    • Challenge you child’s thinking on a subject or topic. 
    • Solve a problem. 
    • Do something active.  
    • Hold a conversation about a topic that is interesting to them.
    • Include your child in everyday home activities, like cooking, washing and cleaning.
    • Have time to rest and play.
  • Connect with your early learning services or school to see if they have prepared anything to help you support learning at home – these might include tips, ideas, activities or how to access resources.
  • Confirm with your child’s teacher how best to communicate with them while your child is learning from home.  
  • Create a space to discuss the day or week's learning. This could simply be the sofa or somewhere outside.

Resources for home learning

See the literacy, mathematics and science resources organised in early years, and school years 1 – 4, 5 – 8 and years 9 – 13.

Early Learning

Years 1 – 4

Years 5 – 8

Years 9 – 13

Senior secondary students

You can talk with your young person to find more information that is specific to their learning.

Trades Academies or Gateway

Get in touch with your school’s contract person e.g. the Trades Academy co-ordinator or Gateway co-ordinator, to discuss learning options at home. If you or your family are wanting to get in touch with the Trades Academy directly, you can find their details on the website.

Find a provider - Youth Guarantee website

Alternative Education or Activity Centres

Please get in touch with your school to discuss learning options while at home. 

International Baccalaureate or Cambridge International Examinations

Please get in touch with your school to discuss learning options while at home.