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Tips for parents

You are one of the most important teachers in your child’s life.
You can make a difference to their learning – by giving them time and attention and creating a good environment at home.
They value praise from you even if they don’t show it – and it helps to boost their confidence.
Show them you expect them to do well – and that you want to help.

Be a healthy home

As your child grows and gets older they need rest and good food.
Stick to rules about sensible bedtimes on school nights.
Keep healthy food in the house.
Turn off that screen, more than 2 hours a day in front of the television is not good for your child.
You’re the parent so don’t give into pressure. Explain the rules to your child – tell them you are being firm because you care.

Confidence and fear

Your child needs to have confidence that they can do things.
Boredom and bad temper often hide a fear of failing or unfamiliar things or situations.
Do what ever you can to boost their confidence and self esteem.

Schoolwork

Make time to talk about what they like and don’t like.
Listen to them and respect their interests.
Show you are proud of them.
Praise them when they try hard.

Overcoming problems

Let them know its alright to find things difficult – it’s part of learning.
It’s hard for children and young people to ask for help sometimes. Encourage them to tell you about their problems.

Outside school

Expect your child to help with jobs at home – it helps them to develop skills.
Encourage them to try new things.
Find out about local activities from your local library, www.familyfriendly.org.uk

Working with school

Be prepared.
Help your child to have a routine that gets them to school in good time.
Help your child get things together the night before school, although older children will be able to do this themselves but may need a reminder.
Things to remember: Pens and pencils, school diary, homework, reading book, PE kit, dinner money … and a bag to put them in!
For older children put their timetable on the wall in their bedroom or in the kitchen – so you all know what they need.

Take an interest

Whatever the age of your child take any chance to go into school and get to know the staff.
Go to parents’ evenings – show teachers you have high expectations for your child.
Ask for information about what your child is learning and what happens during the year.

Homework matters!

Don’t do it for them – but do help and be there to talk to.
Make sure they have space to work in.
Take an interest – ask them to explain it to you – help them think.
Praise them when they work well – notice and help if they seem to be struggling.
Check their homework diary.

Log onto www.parentscentre.gov.uk for ways to help your child or find out if there is a local homework club.
Manchester City Council has details on their website of Homework clubs throughout the city. Log onto www.manchester.gov.uk, click on the letter C and choose Children’s library service, then choose the Children’s library services link for further information on Homework clubs.
All these clubs are free, there are trained staff available to help you and your child explore the internet or find books to help with any homework or revision.

Keeping in touch

Expect school to take your child’s needs seriously.
Ask for help if your child has learning or behaviour problems.
Get in touch with school if you are worried about anything – don’t wait for them to contact you.
Show your child you are working together with the teachers.

Helplines and websites

Manchester Children’s Information Service
Tel 0800 083 7921
www.manchester.gov.uk/children/parents

Parentlineplus
Tel 0808 800 2222
www.parentlineplus.org.uk