Useful links and articles

There are many things you can do at home that can assist with your child’s growth, development and safety. The links below offer a wealth of tips and resources for all age groups.

The information is free, up-to-date, reliable, independent and backed by Australian experts.

Educational activities for children to do at home

Alphabet Activity for pre-schoolers from the Australian Childhood Foundation that give parents and carers ideas on easy activities they can do to bond with their child.

The Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) is a home-based early childhood learning and parenting program that empowers you as your child’s first teacher.

The Tate Museum, UK has a wonderful online resource centre where children can play free games and quizzes, find art activities, explore homework help and share their art with Tate Kids. The best art website for children.

The Triple P – Positive Parenting Program® Children may be feeling stressed or uncertain during this period of change. You can help your children stay calm and optimistic, and keep being a positive parent while managing financial stress, working from home, helping your child cope with their feelings and staying emotionally resilient. And now these tips are all available to Victorian families in a FREE online program! Find out more on their website.

Play Learn Grow is a text message program for parents of 2 year old and 3 year old children in Victoria to receive tips and resources to support your child’s learning, health and wellbeing. Free to sign up and opt out at any time.

Starting Blocks has ideas and tools for all pre-school age groups from birth to 3-5 years.

Raising Children provides ad-free parenting videos, articles and resources tailored to different age groups and stages.

Department of Education and Training provides a free app with tips and explains ways parents can be more involved with children’s learning. The website is also full of resources for activities, development, creativity, literacy and numeracy, play and life skills tailored for early learning and primary school years.

Early Childhood Australia Learning Hub - Five things to know about promoting creativity and play

Fuse, the Department of Education and Training's online learning platform with a specific early childhood section.

Creative activity ideas

Educational Activities and Games provides links to various sites such as ABC Kids

School Holidays offers many ideas for activities

Preschool games offer a variety of activities for children 3-5 years

Scholastic provide access to learn at home programs

Fun with sounds from Reggio

Cosmic Kids Yoga provides yoga for children

Elizabeth Morgan House has produced the most beautiful pictures that can be downloaded and printed for children to colour

Learn to paint with Ken Done

Kids Gardening Fun activities that provide fun activities for families to learn together, while encouraging love for nature and the environment.

BMM virtual tour

Resources for children on COVID-19

How to explain social distancing to children

Emerging Minds has developed a host of resources to support children during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Supporting children during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Council to Homeless Persons has collated a range of resources on COVID-19 for children and young people

Australian Childhood Foundation has collated several excellent resources in their response to COVID-19. Check out At Home Together with the 4 M’s, Many ways to Share a Hug and Like a Tree.

A delightful book called Coronavirus from the UK

The International Play Association have released their Play in Crisis booklet to support parents and carers.

Virtual experiences to enjoy with your child

Visit the animals at the Melbourne Zoo

Meet the new baby otters at Melbourne Zoo

Take a 360-degree virtual tour of the The Ecotarium Museum of Science

Enjoy a performance at the Sydney Opera House

Visit Yosemite

Explore the Melbourne Aquarium

Resources to support parenting

Connected Parenting is a resource to support you in raising your child

Mindful Parenting is filled with ideas and strategies to support you to be mindful and reflective in your parenting.

Melbourne University 3A Family Booklets can turn an ordinary event into a chance for learning at home.