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Learning at Home

fkaCS is here to support Victorian Early Childhood Education and Care Services in continuing to maintain and strengthen their relationships and connection with multilingual families while they are engaging in learning at home.

The relationships and connections Early Childhood Professionals maintain and nurture throughout this time will support families to transition back into the early learning environment. Strong relationships afford early childhood professionals a holistic understanding of each child’s learning and development needs, current interests and program ideas all of which will support a positive transition.

A range of learning at home resources are available at the bottom of this page for educators and for families.


fkaCS Consultancy Support

fkaCS can provide support for Early Childhood Education and Care Services using a variety of supports that are relevant to the service context.

In consultation with the early learning service fkaCS will develop a bespoke support plan which may include;

  • Engaging communication tools to support engaging with multilingual families, for example; bilingual support, video conferencing in language and developing connections to local community support.
  • Developing multimodal communication tools to support families engaging in learning at home such as; developing social stories
  • Developing strategies in collaboration with the service that will support the assessment of children's learning and development whilst engaging in learning from home.
  • Developing strategies and plans to support a positive transition back into the early learning environment

Find us on the School Readiness Funding menu under fka Children's Services Cultural Inclusion Support Packages

If you are not in receipt of School Readiness Funding and would like to discuss your support options please contact fkaCS on 94284471 or via culturalinclusion@fka.org.au.


Educator Resources

Learning at Home: How to Support Multilingual Families

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Learning at home has many positive benefits for children, families and Early Childhood Professionals.

For Early Childhood Professionals, it can strengthen their relationships with families through developing a truly holistic approach to supporting a child’s developing identity and confidence within their learning dispositions.

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Developing a Holistic Understanding of Children’s Learning and Development while Learning at Home

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During learning at home it is vital that Early Childhood Professionals maintain and continue to engage in their collaborative partnerships with families. The common goal both early childhood services and families have is to re-enter the early childhood service for face to face learning.

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Staying Connected with Multilingual Families

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Sometimes staying connected with families participating in kindergarten services requires a planned approach. Particularly in recent times, Early Childhood Professionals are unable to rely on the informal face-toface daily discussions they would utilise to communicate important information, check-in with families and engage in relationship-building discussions.

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Maintaining Relationships with Families When You Don't Share a Language

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Working with third parties can promote communication and supports building safe, respectful and reciprocal relationships between you and multilingual families.

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Translated Information for Families

What is Learning at Home?

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Learning at home is a different experience for kindergarten aged children, but no less important. If your child is learning at home there is no need to replicate the kindergarten environment to support their learning. Your home provides many wonderful learning opportunities for you and your child to engage in.

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Learning at Home with your Child

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For children, learning is occurring in every moment of their day. Children learn while playing, while talking, while watching and while participating. Your child will learn through your relationship with them, as you talk, guide and play with them at home. There are many opportunities for you to ‘teach’ and engage in learning with your child during the everyday activities and routines of your home.

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Staying Connected with your Child’s Teacher

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While your child is learning at home with you, your child’s teacher may want to speak or write to you regularly. Particularly if your child is in kindergarten it is important that you and your child’s teacher connect regularly to support your child’s learning and development.

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Useful Links

Department of Education and Training: Online resources to support learning from home

Department of Education and Training: FUSE for early childhood professionals

Queensland Government: earlylearning@home resources for parents

Independent Schools Victoria: The Parents Website

Whiteboard by Sabastian Laxell: A great free tool for online synchronous activities. By creating a class and letting your students join, everyone will get a digital whiteboard. You as a teacher see all your students' whiteboards in real time, so you can follow their progress, and can share your screen on zoom allowing everyone to share their drawings.

Nature Play Diary by Mindstretchers Academy: A collection of free resources for educators to share with families to help them bring out the best in their children's play and learning at home. The messages are communicated through photographs and minimal text so they’re well suited to using with families from all language backgrounds.