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The research makes it really clear – kids do better at school when their families are involved in their education. There are lots of ways you can communicate and collaborate with school if your child has to spend some time recovering at home because of a health condition.
Research tells us effective partnerships between families and schools leads to better education results. Positive family involvement with the school can help:
Schools have access to various support services to help them support students with a health condition. Ask the principal of your child's school how these services work at the school and in your home.
You need to keep up with the school news to stay in the loop. You could do this by:
Things can change from day to day. Try to keep the teachers as up-to-date as possible. This will give them a better idea of what your child needs from the school. It's also a way to build up connections between your child and the school.
Find out if your child can go to school for short, social visits if they can't attend regularly. They'll still feel that they're part of the school community and it gives them a chance to catch up on news.
Keep attending parent-teacher interviews. You can use the time to update your child's teacher on their health status. You could also ask the teacher what they are teaching next term and how you can help at home.
It's often the little things that count. Encourage your child to use all of their senses to keep learning. Talk about the things they see, hear, touch, taste and feel.
Put a real effort into reading. Read to them if they don't feel up to it. Ask them:
Show your child how maths and science are part of everyday life. For example, when you:
Online resources and other technologies will help your child learn and keep in touch with their friends.
The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development's Connect site has links to games, activities and information for projects. It's divided into sections for:
You don't need to do the homework (or even understand it). Monitoring homework helps get it all done and shows your child that you're interested in what they're doing.
Education means more choices in work and in life. Have high, but realistic, expectations of your child and their school.