Welcome to our return to on-site schooling section for parents!

Here you will find a range of stories, handouts and more to support children and young people with disabilities and developmental challenges as they prepare and return to on-site schooling after a period of learning from home.

Early childhood education and care settings pack


Children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and challenges may need time and support to transition back to kindergarten or long day care. Here you will find guides for families as they help children prepare and return to on-site learning.

early parent prepare.pdf
Preparing for return to on-site learning
early parent return
Return to on-site learning

Resources to support routine

Children with neurodevelopmental disabilities may feel less unsettled when returning to childcare or kindergarten when they know what to expect. Reading stories about kindergarten/childcare can help re-familiarise children with the routines and situations they will experience.

A day at childcare

A day at kindergarten

What to do when I miss my family at kindergarten

What to do when I miss my family at childcare

Resources to support wellbeing

During times of increased anxiety and change, some children with disabilities may experience greater challenges in their learning, behaviours or emotion regulation. Here you will find tips to support clear communication between parents and educators in the lead up to a child’s return, as well as resources to help children understand, express and manage emotions.
Link to AllPlay Learn's emotions cards
Emotion cards
Link to AllPlay Learn's relaxation script for children with an intellectual disability
Relaxation breathing script
early parent return communication
Communication guide

Resources to support COVID-19 communication

Some children may have worries or questions about COVID-19. Here you will find some tips for talking with children about COVID-19 and feeling unwell.
talking covid19 early parent
Talking about COVID-19 worries with young children
unwell child early primary
Helping a child communicate when feeling unwell

Primary school pack


Children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and challenges may need time and support to transition back to school. Here are guides for families as they help children prepare and return to on-site schooling.

primary parent prepare
Preparing to return to on-site schooling
primary parent return
Return to on-site schooling

Resources to support routine

Consistent routines and additional supports can support children with neurodevelopmental disabilities when they return to school. Here you will find AllPlay Learn home schedule which can help re-familiarise children with the routines and situations they will experience. There is also a story for children whose regular teacher is not on-site during this time.

When my teacher is away

Thumbnail image of AllPlay Learn's Parent schedule
Home schedule

Resources to support wellbeing

During times of increased anxiety and change, some children with disabilities may experience greater challenges in their learning, behaviours or emotion regulation. Here you will find tips to support clear communication between parents and teachers in the lead up to a child’s return, as well as resources to help children understand, express and manage emotions.

Link to AllPlay Learn's Problem Solving Guide
Problem-solving guide
Link to AllPlay Learn's emotions cards
Emotion cards
Link to AllPlay Learn's relaxation script for children with an intellectual disability
Relaxation breathing script
primary parent return communication
Communication guide

Resources to support COVID-19 communication

Some children may have worries or questions about COVID-19. Here you will find some tips for talking with children about COVID-19 and feeling unwell.
talking covid19 primary parent
Talking about COVID-19 worries with children
unwell child early primary
Helping a child communicate when feeling unwell

Secondary school pack


Students with neurodevelopmental disabilities and challenges may need time and support to transition back to school. Here you will find guides for families as they help young people prepare and return to on-site schooling.

secondary parent prepare
Preparing for return to on-site schooling
secondary parent return
Return to on-site schooling

Resources to support wellbeing

During times of increased anxiety and change, some young people with disabilities may experience greater challenges in their learning, behaviours or emotion regulation. Here you will find tips to support clear communication between parents and teachers in the lead up to a teen’s return, as well as resources to help teenagers understand, express and manage emotions.

Link to AllPlay Learn's emotions cards
Emotion cards
Link to AllPlay Learn's Problem Solving Guide
Problem-solving guide
Link to AllPlay Learn's relaxation script for children with an intellectual disability
Relaxation breathing script
secondary parent return communication
Communication guide

Resources to support COVID-19 communication

Some teens may have worries or questions about COVID-19. Here you will find some tips for talking with young people about COVID-19 and feeling unwell.
talking covid19 secondary parent
Talking about COVID-19 worries with teens