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Resources for parents

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Browse the collection of activities and resources designed to assist families and carers with raising children and supporting early learning and development.

Brochures

The Early Years Count brochure (PDF, 3.7MB) (DOCX, 22KB)
​This brochure provides parents with information on the Early Years Count website, a resource that empowers parents to make the most of everyday situations to foster learning and support their child's development—making the early years count.


Brain timeline (PDF, 190KB) (DOCX, 21KB)
This​ image shows a child's brain development as they develop from antenatal through to 5 years of age. For more information and activities to support your child's early learning and development, visit the Early Years Count website or follow us on Facebook.​


Kindy in Queensland brochure (PDF, 935KB) (DOCX, 23KB)

This factsheet provides parents with useful information on the benefits of a Queensland Government approved kindergarten program. This fact sheet has been translated into multiple languages.


Play Stars brochure (PDF, 344KB) (DOCX, 23KB)

This brochure provides parents with information on Play Stars, a Queensland Government initiative providing every family, with a child under one, with a free 12-month family membership to Playgroup Queensland​.


My big learning life: Kindergarten brochure (PDF, 7MB)

This brochure answers questions that parents and carers frequently ask about kindy. Parents and carers can find out what their child will do at kindy, when and how to enrol, what they'll pay, how to get there, and what they'll need. There's even space for kindergartens to add their own details to share with local families.

Note: This is a printable brochure, page 1 will appear upside down when viewed online.


Kindy songline postcard (PDF, 495KB)

The kindy songline represents the positive kindy experience for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. Use this postcard to share the kindy songline and its elements with families. Find more information about the kindy songline on the Big Learning Life website.​


Links

The Early Years Count
​Your child's brain is developing at a rapid rate, building the foundations for all future learning later in life. Find out how to provide a supportive and caring environment with everyday learning activities that make the early years count. 


The Early Years Count Facebook
Join the growing community of parents, carers and eductors, with fun activities and ideas about early childhood


Resources for parents​

Raising a child is not always easy but there are resources that can help you meet some of the challenges, browse the list of websites, books and DVDs that may answer some parenting questions.


Translated resources

View the kindy factsheet and transition chatterbox and Our school community poster translated into multiple languages.


SLEEP – Sleep learning for early education professionals

Browse the collection of sleep learning resources developed to assist early childhood educators, service providers and authorised officers to reflect on quality sleep, rest and relaxation practices.


Helplines, support services, tips for new parents, budgeting for a baby and help with breastfeeding

Browse topics such as help and counselling, tips, budgeting, breastfeeding, parents' groups and immunisation.


Reading to young children

Browse the collection of recommended books suitable for children ages 0–5.


Tip sheets

Living with babies (PDF, 245KB) (DOC, 77KB)
Living with toddlers (PDF, 176KB) (DOC, 70KB)
Being a dad (PDF, 211KB) (DOC, 63KB)
Once upon a time – why reading is important (PDF, 261KB) (DOC, 66KB)
Why play is important (PDF, 228KB) (DOC, 68KB)
Home alone (PDF, 247KB) (DOC, 67KB)
Marching to a different drum (PDF, 257KB) (DOC, 66KB)
Screen time and children (PDF, 180KB) (DOC, 68KB)
Getting support (PDF, 245KB) (DOC, 64KB)


Posters

Kindy or Prep in 2020 poster (PDF, 478KB)​
​This poster was developed to help families identify whether their child is old enough to go to kindy or Prep in 2020. It can be used to engage families in conversations about​ early years' education options for their child.


Elders as storytellers suite of posters (PDF, 6 MB)
​Elders from the Mackay community have come together to share the importance of early learning. Use these posters to promote the benefits of going to playgroup and kindy. Learn more about the Elders as Storytellers campaign.​


​Videos

Quality in family day care – parent video
​A video on quality in family day care services and discover the elements to consider when choosing a service.

Elders as Storytellers
Elders and community members throughout Queensland have shared their stories about connecting culture, country, knowledge and early learning. Watch the videos on early education is everyone’s business.

Kindy transition statements​
​​​Learn about transition statements and how they contribute to creating a welcoming place that meets the needs of children.

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Last updated 18 February 2019