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Is your child starting school soon?

Here are some tips for parents and families. Know how to help your child be ready to start school. 

Download our handouts and watch the videos (both below) to find out what can help your child have a smooth start to school. Together you will learn more about how to help your child be ready to learn.  There are videos and handouts in many different languages.

These resources have been developed by a team of teachers, early childhood intervention practitioners and parents. They explain that you can help your child to learn how to:

  • ask for help,
  • be independent and
  • look after their belongings.

Children who visit their school or take part of their school’s orientation sessions and have been involved with playgroups, childcare / preschool, are helped to be ready to learn.

Parents who take part in playgroups, childcare or preschool and school orientation sessions become more confident about how to help their child be ready for school.

Here are some links to other information about getting ready to start school. The Education Department has great resources for parents particularly the Getting Ready for Primary School Booklet.
The Raising Children Network has many ideas to support your pre-schooler to learn.

Click here for a list of links to translated resources in many languages.


When a child starts school there is so much for them to get used to. A child who is prepared for school settles into routines and learning more easily. They can then just focus on learning what their teachers are teaching them.  

When a parent knows what happens at school, they feel more comfortable about how their child will manage at school.  

Watch out for the valuable ideas shared by your local schools and groups as they reach out and offer you and your child opportunities to get ready for school. 

How To Use These Resources

You will find here videos and fact sheets that share key messages for families.

Additional language resources to come.

Click on the buttons or images below for practical tips and ideas when starting school.

Tips For Starting School

Click on the buttons below for practical tips and ideas when starting school.

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Additional Languages:








Traditional Chinese

Chinese trad

Simplified Chinese

Chinese simp





Making Friends

Asking For Help

Being Independent

Knowing What School is Like

Helping Your Child be Ready for School

Learning Through Play

Reach Out to Families of Young Children 

Starting school is a major step for all children. We know that children who start school ready to learn have better educational outcomes.  Schools and community groups recognise that not all children have the opportunities to be as prepared as they need to be. This grant has created resources to be used by the community to reach out to the families so they can give their child school readiness opportunities.  

To change the educational outcomes for children in multicultural communities, targeted and culturally appropriate early intervention approaches are required. These children are educationally behind (increased by COVID-19) due to identified family vulnerabilities of literacy, digital skills, language, income, disability and social connection. Many of these children are starting school not ready, with no formal early childhood experiences or services to managed delays in development or disability.  

A report released since the start of this grant further highlights the impacts on a group that has already been identified as needing targeted support.

“The latest release shows that while COVID-19 and lockdowns have impacted on children’s development, particularly in relation to the language and cognitive skills domain, the impact may not be as significant as we may have expected. The impact, however, does not appear to have been evenly felt, with larger increases in developmental vulnerability seen for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and children living in the most disadvantaged areas of Australia.” 

CELA Blog post, April 7, 2022.

About EarlyEd’s Multicultural NSW “COVID-19 Innovation Grant”

This grant created a partnership of local schools, community groups, early childhood services and services delivering early childhood intervention and provided the opportunity to   

  • come together,  
  • consider the needs of local children,  
  • shares ideas about how to support children, and  
  • create resources that can be used by families.  

The group recognises the challenges local families face in understanding the school system and how to support their child. They are in a position to get information to family members in a way that will have a real impact.  

As a result, the grant has created information  

  • in the formats and languages that can reach parents and  
  • shares key messages they have identified as being important.  

There is more to learn. There is more to do.  

The finish date for this grant, unfortunately, occurs at the time parents can really make a difference to school starters (the last 6 months before school starts i.e. July to January). This year, the community will have access to more resources to use as they reach out to families. Schools will have new posters, videos in various languages, postcards, and social media material to share.  

Community groups, preschools and childcare services will have material to use with the parents of younger children. This will encourage them to prepare their child for their school future over a longer period.   

The risk of a short-term grant is short-term impact. To manage this risk, EarlyEd is committed to creating resources for long-term impact and value. It is also committed to making sure knowledge about this resource is widely shared and used.  

There is a longer-term project to undertake recordings in more languages and organise more translations. We need feedback from families about how they used the information and its value. We need to follow up with community groups to find out if the information and formats met their needs and the needs of the families in their community.  

Grant partners 

A key focus of EarlyEd’s programs for over 40 years is supporting families through the process of transitioning their children to school and supporting children to be as ready as possible. The many partners we currently work and have worked with over the years have informed our practices and increased our knowledge about how best to support families. By codesigning our approach to this grant and jointly determining key messages, we have brought together local knowledge and extensive community expertise. We thank our key contributors who represent a wide range of community services, for their ideas, commitment and for facing the camera! 

Even though our partners are based in Cumberland Area, Western Sydney, the resources will have applicability across a wide range of communities. Every community has a family who is unsure about how and when to support their child, is newly arrived in the community or prefers information in their first language

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