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Keep your family entertained these school holidays

From The Department

April 9, 2020



We know it’s been a challenging Term 1. Just as many communities began recovering from fires, droughts and floods, we moved to learning from home to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The school holidays are coming, which means your family is about to have a lot of free time and nowhere to go.

To support you while looking after children we’ve put together a handy guide of activities to stimulate young minds and keep your family busy and engaged.

Check out our parents and carers toolkit for important self-care tips, free parenting podcasts and apps.

If you need a break, the Service NSW before and after school care finder can help locate vacation care programs near you.

The parents and carers 'essentials' toolkit

Hints and tips for enjoying the school holidays

  • Have a plan: With children involved, things might not happen the way you hoped but having a plan to begin with can definitely help.
  • Schedule lots of activities: Each activity is only meant to engage your child for 30min - 1 hour. This means you’ll need to create a schedule involving a few different activities to keep your child stimulated throughout the day. You don’t need to plan every minute of every day – allow for flexibility. Sometimes your child will want to do something else or want to keep doing an activity for longer.
  • Be prepared: Some activities might require ingredients or supplies, so you may want to prepare for them ahead of time.
  • Take a break: Create solo activities that ensure your child is engaged but doesn’t require your constant involvement. This will allow you to take a break as well. If you’re stressed your child may become stressed too, so ensure you take the time you need and be kind to yourself.