About learning from home

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Roadmap to reopening Victoria

The Victorian Government announced its roadmap to reopening Victoria.  For information visit: Coronavirus (COVID-19) roadmap to reopening

Learning from home

Children will continue learning from home for the first week of Term 4 (5 to 9 October).

From the 12 October, children will start returning to on-site learning. For information, visit returning to on-site learning in Term 4.

Early childhood education and care services

From Monday 28 September, early childhood education and care (ECEC) services are open to all children from  and you will no longer need a permit. Sessional kindergarten will be open for all children to attend from Monday 5 October (start of Term 4).

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.

Your early childhood service may give you resources and materials. We also have 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 checking digital platforms for announcements and feedback from their teachers
  • doing their best work by completing tasks with honesty
  • doing their best to meet timelines and due dates
  • communicating with their teachers and telling them if they have any concerns or issues
  • working with and support their classmates
  • following 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 do not need to be registered for home schooling.

Home schooling

Home schooling means:

  • your child is no longer enrolled at a school
  • your 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 us and the VRQA may change. We encourage you and school principals to check websites for updates.

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