Supporting parents, children and vulnerable families

Supporting parents and children

Services may want to direct parent/carer(s) to information about talking to their children about coronavirus (COVID-19).

For example, from the Royal Children's Hospital:

Play Learn Grow - text message program

Play Learn Grow is a free, evidence-based program that supports parent/carer(s) of two-year-old and three-year-old children by sending text messages containing practical advice, information, and ideas for easy activities to do at home.

Triple P – positive parenting program

The Triple P online program is a free, publicly available, evidence-based parenting resource to assist Victorian families to learn new ways to respond positively to parenting challenges and support their children during and after the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Supporting vulnerable families

As a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, children, families and carers who were already experiencing vulnerability may be under increased pressure.

Services are encouraged to contact families from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and refugee backgrounds, along with any families who are not currently attending your service.

If there are health reasons that prevent or limit children's attendance at your service, reasonable efforts should be made to support learning from home arrangements.

For vulnerable families specifically, it will be important to consider using a combination of online and printed activities and resources, and providing hard-copy materials to families that may have limited or minimal access to the internet.

Returning to kindergarten and play-based learning during coronavirus (COVID-19)

While Victorians are urged to stay at home as much as possible, families are able to take their children to and from an early childhood service.

The Department has translated key messages on returning to kindergarten and play-based learning into community languages.

Interpreting and translation services

Families from CALD and refugee backgrounds may require extra support to re-engage with early childhood education and care services, including using an interpreting service. Funded services can access telephone interpreters through the Victorian Interpreting and Translating Services (VITS) Language Loop

More information is available on how to use an interpreter. In addition, Foundation House has developed the following tip sheets: