Families help toddlers learn, before school starts

Before kids go to school, they are already learning. They learn about the world and themselves through each new experience, which makes parents and families their first teachers.

Language is learnt through talking with family members and friends, physical skills learnt through play and social skills through relationships.

Helping toddlers learn
  • Playtime with dress-ups, games, make believe or story time are good for the imagination.
  • Drawing and painting helps kids learn how to communicate and practice skills needed for writing.
  • Getting involved in cooking can teach them about healthy food and learn how to measure.
  • Playing outdoors lets little ones learn about nature.

Playing with parents and family or friends also helps little ones understand how to behave in a community, as a team, and to build social skills.

It’s never too early

It’s never too early to start reading and talking about language. The more children know and the more they get to be involved, the stronger link they will have to language and culture. Reading books and telling stories is a great way to get kids involved from a young age, and books can also help little ones learn English if this is their second language.

As they get closer to school age, you can get in touch with your local kindergarten or childcare, to find one that’s right for your child. Getting involved in the kindy community means you have a say in your child’s learning.

It can also help your little ones to feel safe as they start kindy, day care or school. If they see you involved in the kindy group or school, they can feel safer being a part of it too.

Image Two parents introduce their children, teaching them social skills


Published — 30 September 2016 Last updated — 02 November 2016

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