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Children Aged 5-12

Parents play a big role in helping their children to be confident and enthusiastic learners by helping them believe they can do well at school, that trying hard and doing their best is important, and helping them be organised, navigate challenges and solve problems.

Here are some tips and ideas about the things you can do to help your child’s learning.

Tip 1: Aim High - Believe in Your Child’s Potential

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When a parent holds high aspirations for their child, they do better at school. Showing your child that you believe in them and their ability to do their best at school rubs off - it builds children’s confidence helps them see themselves as someone who can do well.

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Tip 2: Talk with Your Child

Just spending time talking with your child helps them to learn and grow. Simple ways to do this include talking about what they’re learning at school and what they enjoy or find difficult.

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Tip 3: Learn about the World Together

Parents have the biggest impact on their children when they help them to enjoy learning new things. Children learn by exploring new things and finding new interests. This can include everyday activities like cooking or shopping, cleaning, gardening, playing sport or going to community events, museums or libraries.

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Tip 4: Make Reading a Family Affair

The effect of reading to children takes root at a very early age. Reading together can broaden vocabulary, create an environment for learning together and provide a basis for later discussions. Having your child read to you is also a safe and nurturing way for children to practise reading as they learn themselves.

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Tip 5: Create a Good Homework Environment

There are two important things you can do to get the most out of homework. Build your child’s confidence and supporting them to be able to learn on their own.

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Tip 6: Support Good Relationships

Parents can help children develop friendships and get along with other people, including their teacher. Children tend to do better and enjoy learning and being at school when they get on with their teacher and classmates.

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