Translated Information About Being Ready to Start School

Translated information about being ready to start school

These are links that can help parents find information about supporting their children’s readiness for learning in the own language.

Starting Early Education – NSW Department of Education

These are from the NSW Education Department webpage. There are a variety of resources where you can find further information about getting prepared for early education. A Welcome to Preschool guide for families includes helpful hints from early childhood teachers and other parents, which has been translated into 35 languages.

Victorian Education and Training Resources

This a Victorian Education Department webpage that has useful resources for parents if English is not your main language. The advice in other languages can help you with your child’s education and health. Click on the Select Language​ button.

Choosing the right early childhood service

Starting Blocks has a selection of translated factsheets about choosing the right service for your child, preparing your child and other related topics. Languages include Arabic, Chinese Simplified, Hindi, Korean, Punjabi and Vietnamese.

To Support Your Child

Your child’s literacy development milestones

The Literacy Hub resources are help explain ways we can support children’s reading development right from the early years. “Parents, siblings, grandparents and carers have a vital role to play in helping young children build literacy skills. In the first years of school, learning to read is one of a child’s greatest achievements.”

“Literacy development begins at birth with key milestones in the early schools years”

“All children develop at different rates and their oral language, reading and writing don’t necessarily develop at the same rate or at the same time. The following features may be observed in children’s early literacy development. Parents may find these useful for understanding what they observe their child doing.

If you think your child may not be meeting milestones talk to your family doctor or community nurse, as intervention may be useful.”

“Developmental guidelines are not exact and should be used only as a guide.”

Helping your child with literacy and numeracy at home

“This resource has been created for parents, carers and families of children in the early years of school. The activities support the important learning that happens at home. It is available in the following languages:

Arabic, Bengali, Burmese, Chinese-simplified, Chinese-modified, Dinka, English, Filipino, French, Greek, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Karen, Khmer, Kirundi, Korean, Lao, Mongolian, Nepali, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tamil, Thai, Tongan, Turkish, Urdu, Vietamese.

Early childhood guided learning packages

“The early childhood guided learning packages have been developed by early childhood professionals and learning designers to support learning at home for 3-5 year old preschool children.”

“Families are encouraged to follow their child’s lead on the activities as much as possible and let them lead the play and learning. This supports children to become capable and confident learners.”

Arabic, Cantonese, Hindi, Japanese, Karen, Khmer, Mandarin, Mongolian, Persian, Punjabi, Swahili, Thai, Tongan, Turkish, Urdu, Vietamese.”

Learning resources for families

“The Early learners five-part animation series explores the learning that happens in the early years of a child’s life at home and early childhood services, the important role families play in their child’s learning and how this learning supports a child’s lifelong educational journey.”

Three of the animations in this series have been translated into 15 languages:

  • Learning Through Play
  • Learning through everyday Routines
  • A Strong Start to School

Early Words

Early Words aims to help families build the basic skills that children need for reading and writing, right from birth.

The Early Words 5 top tips give help with:

  • looking and listening
  • talking
  • singing and rhyming
  • reading
  • drawing and writing in 9 developmental stages.

Resources — packs and downloads

Supporting young learners

Families play an important role in supporting young children’s learning in early childhood and the early years of schools. These resources provide ideas to engage in learning at home through every day experiences.

Use the learning outcome cards below to unpack learning in relation to the early years curriculum and show how this learning links to learning at school.

The learning outcome cards for families have been translated into 15 languages.

Updated 1 July 2022

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