Practical Guide for Parents

School A to Z

Parents will be able to support their child’s learning with a new purpose-built DEC resource that includes a website, mobile applications and social media channels.

The School A to Z online school community provides practical advice about tips on learning, wellbeing, technology and resources to help parents and carers support their child’s social, physical and mental development.

Education minister Adrian Piccoli launched School A to Z during a visit to Banksmeadow Public School in Sydney’s south-east.

School A to Z includes a free mobile application for iPad and smartphones that features hundreds of definitions about maths and English terms, illustrated examples and instructional videos, information on common assignment topics, educational maths and spelling games.

The concept – an Australian first – was developed in response to parent concerns about not being able to confidently support their child’s learning at home and involved the department’s curriculum experts, teachers and parents from across NSW.

School A to Z also includes forums on Twitter to allow parents to share experiences, tips and hints online along with A-Z lists of English, maths and technology definitions.

The site offers information on technology and resources on how to keep kids safe online, along with nutritious lunch box recipes and a section on health and wellbeing.

The Federation of Parents and Citizens’ Association NSW president, Helen Walton, said: “What I really like about School A to Z is that it supports parents getting involved in their child’s education and it gives them tools to do just that.”

Healthy Kids

Keeping kids active and healthy has been made easier with the relaunch of the Healthy Kids website.

Healthy Kids is the main source of online information in NSW focused on the prevention of childhood obesity through healthy eating and physical activity.

The website’s five main messages you can share with your children are:

  • Get active each day
  • Choose water as a drink
  • Eat more fruit and vegetables
  • Eat fewer snacks and select healthier alternatives
  • Turn off the TV or computer and get active.

The website has great information, such as lunch box ideas, buying on a budget, how to make the most of organised sport, ideas on keeping kids active, and tips on keeping kids healthy.

There are nine fact sheets for you to download as well as five new fact sheets that have been designed specifically for children.

The website includes advice on assessing a child’s weight status and on safe ways to work towards a healthy weight.

The Healthy Kids website is a joint initiative of NSW Health, the NSW Department of Education and Training, Communities NSW and the NSW Division of the National Heart Foundation.

Find out more on the Healthy Kids website.