About learning from home

Schools and students impacted by stage 3 and stage 4 restrictions

The Victorian Government has introduced new measures across Victoria to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Learning from home

All Year 11 and 12 provision for both VCE and VCAL will move to remote and flexible learning. Prep to Year 10 students will continue with remote and flexible learning in metropolitan Melbourne and these students in regional areas will commence remote and flexible learning. 

Any child enrolled in a specialist school in rural and regional Victoria will be able to continue to attend.

Early childhood education and care services

The current advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer advises that Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) services remain safe places for staff and children.

That means ECEC services, including sessional kindergarten, in regional and rural Victoria under Stage 3 restrictions, can continue to operate, with appropriate risk-mitigation measures in place (unless instructed by the Department of Health and Human Services to close).

From Thursday 6 August, ECEC services in metropolitan Melbourne should only remain open to provide education and care for those children whose parents or carers are permitted workers and for vulnerable children.

About learning from home in an early childhood and care service context

If you are at home, play and everyday activities provide excellent opportunities to support your child’s learning and development.

Play encourages children to explore, discover, negotiate, take risks, and problem-solve which supports the development of cognitive, social, emotional and physical skills. Talk to your early childhood service about how you can continue to support your child’s learning.

In addition to any resources and materials that your early childhood service may provide, the Department has resources about turning play and everyday activities into great learning opportunities. Explore FUSE: Learning from home in an early childhood setting.

The Raising Children Network also provides access to ideas for fun and easy activities to support children’s learning. The website includes videos and helpful tips for drawing, writing, storytelling, counting, and other activities that can be completed at home.

Learning from home in a school setting

When you start to think about helping your child to learn from home, remember that no one expects you to be a subject matter expert or teacher. The most important thing you can do is to continue to provide comfort, support and encouragement to your child.

You can help your child to learn from home by working with their school and supporting your child as they undertake the activities provided.

How the school will support your child

Your child’s school will:

  • communicate with you and your child about teacher responsibilities and what you and your child need to do
  • communicate with you and provide learning activities for your child to do at home
  • use their normal communication tools such as their website, newsletters, emails and other online tools
  • provide technical support with devices, as needed.

Access to computer devices and internet

The Department partnered with Telstra to provide 1000 4G dongle devices with 4G internet access, and 4000 SIM cards that provide 4G internet access, for families who do not have access to the internet at home. These will be free of charge, and will be provided for the next six months.

Devices were distributed in the first two weeks of Term 2.

You do not need to understand how to use tablets or laptops. Most children have been using them at school and are familiar with how to use them.

If you need technical support for a loaned device or internet connectivity, contact 1800 080 082 (8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday).

If you do not have internet access at home, for example, if you live in an area without 4G reception, talk to your school about how your child may receive materials that do not require online access. These can be mailed to your child, or you could collect them. Completed tasks can be returned in the same way. The materials are aligned to the Victorian Curriculum F-10.

Your child's responsibilities during remote learning

You should change these responsibilities according to the age, stage and individual needs of your child.

Your child's responsibilities include:

  • regularly monitoring digital platforms for announcements and feedback from their teachers
  • doing their best work by completing tasks with integrity and academic honesty
  • doing their best to meet timelines and due dates
  • communicating openly with their teachers and tell them if they have any concerns or issues
  • collaborating and support their classmates
  • continuing to abide by their school's behaviour guidelines.

Differences between learning from home and home schooling

Learning from home is different to home schooling (also known as home education).

Learning from home

Learning from home is a school-based remote and flexible learning model. Under this model of learning schools continue to support your child with learning tasks and technology support (as needed). They’ll remain in contact with you and your child.

Students remain enrolled at their usual school. They not need to be registered for home schooling.

Home schooling

Home schooling means:

  • the child is no longer enrolled at a school
  • the child must be registered for home schooling with the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA)
  • a nominated parent or carer is responsible for setting the child’s educational program
  • a nominated parent or carer is responsible for making sure the child receives regular and efficient instruction across eight key learning areas – including English, mathematics and science
  • a nominated parent or carer is responsible for documenting how the registration requirements are met.

For more information about home schooling, visit:

Home schooling during coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you’re currently home schooling, answers to frequently asked questions are available on the VRQA website, at: Coronavirus (COVID-19) home schooling FAQs. 

If you decide home schooling is the right choice for your family, you must apply and register your child through a four-step registration process through the VRQA.

For more information, visit: Registering for home education. 

Guidance about home schooling from the Department and the VRQA may change. We encourage parents and principals to check websites for updates.

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