What parents can do to help

Regular school attendance is essential for your child's success. Here are some tips for supporting your child to go to school every day and on time:

Start positive habits early

The earlier you start teaching your child about the importance of school attendance, the more likely they are to develop good habits that will last a lifetime.

Work with the school

 If your child starts missing school, talk to their teacher or principal to identify and address any underlying issues.

Contact the school if your child is ill

It's important to let the school know if your child is sick, so they can mark them absent and keep track of their attendance.

Tell the school why your child is absent

If your child is off school for any reason, be sure to let the school know. You can usually do this by calling or emailing the school office.

Ask for permission in advance for planned absences

If you need to take your child out of school for a special occasion, such as a wedding or holiday, be sure to ask the school for permission well in advance.

Take an interest in your child's school work

Talk to your child about their day at school, and help them with their homework assignments. This shows your child that you value their education and are there to support them.

If you have any concerns about your child's school attendance, please talk to their teacher or welfare team. They can help you develop a plan to support your child and improve their attendance.

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