Children who feel included have better mental health and wellbeing and are happier and more relaxed and the same goes for parents too. Having opportunities to get to know other parents, to find out how to support your child’s learning or to get involved in class activities can also help parents feel more connected to their child’s school or childcare centre.

Knowing who your child is friends with, what they’ll be learning about next week and that your contribution is important for example, can not only make you feel a part of your child’s education, but also help you support your children better at home.

Most of us have busy lives so finding the time to be involved in your child’s school or childcare centre can sometimes be difficult. Fortunately, there are lots of simple things you can do to help you and your family feel like part of the community. These include:

  • finding out about the school or childcare centre and what your child is learning; participate in information sessions
  • attending social activities with other parents to get to know more people in your area
  • asking if there are any class activities you may be able to get involved with

You may also like to read about what make a positive school community.