Parents are to be issued with leaflets advising them on how to play a part in their children's education in order to ensure they are ready to learn when they attend school.
The leaflet, entitled Giving Your Child a Helping Hand, is produced by the National Association of Headteachers (NAHT) and the charity Family Action. It will provide a number of examples of tasks parents can do with their sons and daughters to link learning with leisure time.
Such activities include visiting museums and historical sites, going for a walk in some woodland, borrowing a book from the local library and making a tent. Domestic tasks such as shopping, cooking and other household chores are also encouraged.
More specific tasks relating directly to education include ensuring children have all the equipment they need for lessons and taking an interest in what they learn at school.
Other areas covered include helping with homework by ensuring children have a quiet place in which to study and providing them with support and encouragement.
Parents are also encouraged to get involved in the schooling side of their child's education, attending parents' evenings and joining the Parent-Teacher Association. They are encouraged to give feedback to their school on what is working well.
Bernadette Hunter, president of NAHT, said: "Learning shouldn’t end at half past three. There are hundreds of activities that can be enjoyed by families that will help children to be better learners and show them the links between learning at school and applying this in real life situations."
The leaflet is being distributed to the NAHT's 28,500 members, who are encouraged to share it with parents. It is the latest such document produced by the organisation as part of an ongoing campaign to ensure children begin school ready to learn.
David Holmes, chief executive of Family Action, said: "We know from the work that we do with families that a good home life is vital for a good school life." He added that this means helping them to learn at home as well as at school.
Posted by Theo Foulds