Guardian Childcare & Education

List of Australian Online Resources for Parents 

30th March 2021

The ultimate list of Australian online resources for parents of children aged 2-3.

 

Educator sitting with children indoors at Paradise

Whatever question you have about parenting your child under the age of five, there’s a resource here to assist. From questions about developmental milestone, to why ‘does my child bite?’ – there’s a resource here to help. We’ve also collected some of the best educational websites and those with resources to help you entertain your children. 

And with a dedicated section to school readiness for every state of Australia, plus the best educational websites for children, we’ve left no stone unturned to help you find the best online resources to support your parenting journey. 

Educational websites for parents of young children 

Whatever question you have about parenting your child under the age of five, there’s a resource here to assist. From questions about developmental milestone, to why ‘does my child bite?’ – there’s a resource here to help. 

Raising Children Network

They call themselves the ‘Australian Parenting Website’ – and for good reason. This place is an endless sea of brilliant resources for parents. From pregnancy through to school, teens and beyond – this website can help you answer any question you might have when it comes to helping and guiding your children. The site provides free, reliable, up-to-date and independent information to help your family grow and thrive together. It is funded by the Australian Government, reviewed by experts and is entirely non-commercial, so you know you can trust the information you find 

Early Childhood Australia

‘A voice for young children’, this website is dedicated to ensuring every child is thriving and learning. While the site is mainly aimed at childcare professionals, it does offer a great Parent Resources section that has information on topics such as school readiness and dealing with separation anxiety in your child. 

Families Australia

A national, not-for-profit organisation that strives to improve the wellbeing of all Australian families. The parent and carer library on this site has links to resources including podcasts, research papers and national guidelines on things like screen time and breastfeeding. 

Parenting Research Centre

Based on how research can aid in parenting as the most critical factor in the quality of life and wellbeing of children, and adults. They help governments and community organisations in the fields of health, education and welfare put the best evidence on parenting support into action. They offer a range of programs and projects to support the development of quality relationship to benefit children and their social, health, emotional and academic outcomes. 

Parent information section of the Australian Curriculum website

It is parents, families and carers who have the most influence on their children. When families are actively involved in their child’s education, children usually enjoy school and achieve better results. There is a fantastic FAQs section on this site that answers questions for parents of school aged children and what they can expect from the foundation years right up to high school. 

 

Plus, there are so many free and interactive educational websites that are bursting with ideas of free activities to do with children, such as Artfulparent.com. This site is dedicated to encouraging your child’s creativity and inner artist. There are links to resources for painting, drawing, sculpture, stained glass, clay, collage, and more. Plus, their parents’ corner shows you how to create a great and simple art space in your home. 

 

School Readiness Resources 

Different states have different names for the year prior to when children commence formal schooling. In NSW and the ACT the year before primary school is called ‘Preschool’, but in other states it’s known as ‘Kindergarten’ or ‘Prep’.  But regardless of what you call it, we’ve collected some great resources to help you navigate the world of preschool. 

Each state government has some great tools and resources on their websites, including tips for supporting your child, how to prepare them and the family for the transition, as well as where to find your locally approved Kindergarten, Preschool and Prep Programs. Mosof the various state government websites offer similar resources, including advice around: 

  • Talking to your child about starting school 
  • The importance of reading with your child 
  • Hoe to build independence and confidence
  • Ideas to celebrate starting school 
  • Learning about your school community 
  • And how to protect your child’s wellbeing at this exciting time. 

Resources for parents of children starting school – by state 


Online Resources for the Children  

Online time is not just for the grown-ups, and screen time doesn’t have to be “bad” – so long as its monitored and appropriate for your child’s age. (In fact, we recommend no screen time for children under the age of 2 in line with Australian health guidelines). 

If your child is a little older, there are many great educational websites available – and a little bit of quality screen time can have a big impact on your child’s learning. Educational websites can contain great content that’s informative, challenging and engaging.  You just need to know where to look. 

So, we’ve collected the best, interactive, educational and free websites for children, so all you need to do is click! 

Links for Children

ABC KidsWith everything from age-appropriate games, to activities you can do (offline at home), plus access to apps, early education resources and advice for parents – ABC Kids really is a one stop shop for everything you need for early childhood entertainment. 

National Geographic Kids. With information and activities about animals, science, history and geography – the National Geographic Kids site really puts the World in World Wide Web. There’s also a cool Kids Club you can join with exclusive entertainment like quizzes, projects and competitions. 

Wonderopolis‘Where the wonders of learning never cease’. Each day, they pose an intriguing question—the Wonder of the Day—and explore it in a variety of ways. The site is all about making learning an everyday activity – and finding wonder in everything. And while it’s a US site, there is a lot of cool content on her for children who are naturally curious and want to know more about the big wonderful world around them. 

Funbrain. Games, reading activities, videos and a math zone. There’s a great section dedicated to pre-school aged children where they can learn about math and read books online. 

ABC Mouse. This site has more than 10,000 individual learning activities for children aged 2-years and up. Your preschooler can read, learn about math, science, art and colours. They even have a step-by-step learning path, where as your child completes each lesson, he or she is guided to the next one and is motivated to continue learning by an in-built reward system. 

 

We hope you find these recourses helpful. Whether you have a burning question, or are in need of some inspiration for activities to do with the children on weekends, there is something here to help. 


Top Recent Articles


Flying through your ABC

Stories in the Sky: Recognising the Traditional Owners of Country

National NAIDOC Week, 4-11 July 2021

Growing Gardens (and Minds!) through the Guardian Sustainability Program 

cooking program

The Guardian Cooking and Nutrition Program 

Archives


2021

  • July 2021 (3)
  • June 2021 (2)
  • April 2021 (1)
  • March 2021 (9)
  • February 2021 (3)
  • January 2021 (3)
  • 2020

  • December 2020 (5)
  • November 2020 (11)
  • October 2020 (7)
  • September 2020 (6)
  • July 2020 (11)
  • June 2020 (1)
  • May 2020 (10)
  • April 2020 (22)
  • March 2020 (22)
  • February 2020 (19)
  • January 2020 (19)
  • 2019

  • December 2019 (21)
  • November 2019 (17)
  • October 2019 (26)
  • September 2019 (32)
  • August 2019 (37)
  • July 2019 (26)
  • June 2019 (10)
  • May 2019 (1)
  • January 2019 (1)
  • 2018

  • December 2018 (2)
  • November 2018 (3)
  • October 2018 (4)
  • September 2018 (6)
  • August 2018 (4)
  • July 2018 (9)
  • June 2018 (9)
  • May 2018 (7)
  • April 2018 (6)
  • March 2018 (8)
  • February 2018 (6)
  • January 2018 (9)
  • 2017

  • December 2017 (10)
  • November 2017 (13)
  • October 2017 (10)
  • September 2017 (13)
  • August 2017 (15)
  • July 2017 (14)
  • June 2017 (14)
  • May 2017 (23)
  • April 2017 (17)
  • March 2017 (28)
  • February 2017 (21)
  • January 2017 (5)
  • 2016

  • December 2016 (4)
  • June 2016 (1)
  • May 2016 (1)
  • March 2016 (2)
  • February 2016 (2)
  • January 2016 (1)
  • 2015

  • July 2015 (1)
  • Looking for the right Childcare Centre for your Family?

    Submit your details and a member of our Concierge Team will be in touch to discuss what you need and how we can help you experience something more than childcare.

    We'll be in touch soon.

    YOUR DETAILS

    *Mandatory Fields

    You May Also Want to Read This

    Acre Woods Gladesville

    6th February 2017

    Culture’s Alive at Acre Woods Gladesville

    Bullying in childcare

    1st November 2017

    Does Bullying in Childcare Exist?

    books raising toddlers

    18th August 2017

    5 Useful Books for Raising Toddlers