Advice for parents

One of the most important things you can do as parents/carers, is to play with your children, talk with them about the everyday routines in your family and share time together.

It doesn't matter if you are at home with a baby, toddler or pre-schooler, the time you spend together is one of the strongest contributors to children's overall development.

Here you can access a range of ideas to enjoy with your children in the home and with materials you may have on hand or can access via the internet. These ideas are meant to be fun. What is important is that you are there playing alongside your child.



Birth to 3 years

ABC Kids
ABC Kids is home to loved and trusted preschool programs. Explore the website for games, apps, songs, craft and much more.

Early childhood focused resources COVID-19 resources
Early childhood focused resources produced by the World Health Organisation. From tips for talking with very young children about the virus to play and learning-at-home resources.

First 5 Forever
Explore this online resource developed by the State Library to encourage early literacy in the first 5 years of your child’s life.

Victorian Government—For parents: Learning and Play
This Victorian Department Education and Training website has information for parents of babies, toddlers and preschool aged children to help their child learn and build skills through play.

Melbourne Zoo—Animal House
No need for a plane, packed lunch and tired legs—Melbourne Zoo is live-streaming so your child can still enjoy an adventure to the zoo, in your own home.

Nature Play—Creating a Child-Friendly Backyard
Nature Play encourages outdoor play. Connecting with nature not only supports your family’s mental health and wellbeing, it provides learning opportunities. If you need to stay in the yard, try these ideas.

Zero to Three—Parenting
A website from the US, designed to support parents in developing their own individual ways to promote their children’s wellbeing and growth.

Raising Children—Learning in the baby to preschool years
Developed by professionals and practitioners, the Raising Children website is Australia’s most reliable resource for Australian parents of children at every age and stage.

South Australian Government—Our Learning SA
Routine and certainty is important for children. Our Learning SA provides information to support families with these helpful tips on communication, wellbeing and the home learning environment.

Tasmanian Government—Wellbeing
Babies and children learn best when they feel loved and secure. Talking, playing and reading with your child from birth are the best things you can do for their learning. Check out these great ideas.

ABC News—Socially distant bear hunts
There are bears everywhere! Socially distanced bear hunts popping up all around the world, to distract children from coronavirus and get them out in the fresh air.

Last updated 30 October 2020