Supporting Your Child at School



Parents are children’s first and most important teacher and schools value your contribution to your children’s education very highly. Research shows that children are more likely to succeed in school if parents and carers take an active role in their education.    


How can you support your child?

Give them a good start:

  • Get your child to school on time
  • Make sure that your child attends school every day
  • Make sure they have a good night’s sleep
  • Give them breakfast and if they are not having a school meal, make sure they have a healthy balanced packed-lunch
  • Get to know your child's teacher and communicate regularly with them

Help them to develop social, emotional skills and confidence:

  • Give them plenty of encouragement
  • Talk to your child and explain things to them 
  • Listen to your child and be patient so they have time to talk 
  • Teach them to respect others
  • Be proud of your child and show it
  • Give them a few simple tasks to do around the house.  It teaches them about responsibility
  • Play games with them

For further support and advice about supporting your child at school:


Family Lives offers advice and reassurance to parents about preparing a child to start school such as building independence and making new friends.


Oxford Owl provides helpful information and ideas to help children to prepare for learning. It contains activities and ideas to support parents with early reading and numeracy