Parent Engagement in Children’s Learning

Parents, families and carers are a child’s first and most important teachers. The Australian Government has compiled some useful information to assist parents to better engage with their child’s learning. This page provides information about parent engagement in education and what parents can do to support their child’s learning.

Learning Potential app

Learning Potential is a free app for parents, families and carers packed with useful tips and inspiring ways you can be more involved in your child’s learning.

Researchers around the world agree that when parents and carers are involved in their children’s learning, it can have very positive impacts on education outcomes. 

Learning Potential is designed to help you to be part of your child’s learning and make the most of the time you spend together, from the high chair to high school.

The app was upgraded in December 2016 with a range of new features and improved functionality, including a search function and recommended articles. Content can be tailored to your child’s age, and filtered according to topic, making it easier for you to find the information you need to help your child reach their learning potential! 

Download Learning Potential for free from the App Store or Google Play or go to learningpotential.gov.au for more information.

Learning Potential Resources

The Learning Potential app is now complemented by Learning Potential Resources, a new website specifically for parents of primary school children. Launched in February 2017, it provides ideas, activities, games and videos to help parents support their children with literacy and numeracy skills.

Learning Potential Resources shows how to turn everyday activities like cooking, watering the garden or walking the dog into fun and interactive learning opportunities. It supports the Australian Curriculum for primary school and is structured in three main sections:

  • ‘everyday ideas’ showing parents how to practise literacy and numeracy skills with their child during everyday life.
  • ‘practise together’ articles giving parents ideas about how they can reinforce literacy and numeracy skills their child is learning at school.
  • ‘practise online’ activities, including online games and videos that parents and children can do together to practice these same skills.

The Learning Potential Resources website was created by Education Services Australia with funding from the Australian Government. View it at learningpotential.edu.au.