This may be work that wasn’t finished in class time or it may be additional work your child has to complete outside school hours.

Where to start

  • Whether your child will be given homework is a school-based decision and may vary between schools.
  • Homework can be an important part of your child’s learning.
  • You should talk to your child’s teacher if you are unsure about whether homework is a requirement at your child’s school.

For you

  • Find out whether your child will need to complete homework – this may change as they move through year levels and have different teachers.
  • If your child receives homework, have a chat to them each night about whether they have homework to complete and encourage them to do their homework early.
  • Get involved in your child’s education – you and your child will both benefit from this.
  • Research shows that children do better at school when their parents are involved in their children’s education.
  • Being involved in your child’s education adds to their school experience and sends a clear message that their education is important to you.

For your child

  • If your child is worried or struggling with homework or classroom learning, talk to your child’s teacher as soon as you can so that things can be done to help.
  • Encourage your child to just do their best – homework should not be worrying or stressful.

Tips for talking to your child about school

  • Taking an active interest in your child’s day is a great way to understand what’s happening at school and how your child is feeling socially and academically.
  • This can be as easy as asking ‘what did you learn at school today?’ or ‘how was your day?’
  • Learning at home is also important – involving your child in day-to-day tasks and asking them to remember, contribute or make decisions can be a great way to show them how their learning in school will help them complete various tasks in life.

Where can I get more information?

  • Talk to your child’s teacher or principal.