A groundbreaking new parenting app giving parents fun and educational activities to do around the home with their child is now available — for free.
Day by Day: Learning Together app is designed for mums and dads with children up to three years old.
The app prompts parents to play simple learning games and do activities in everyday environments, such as the kitchen, bathroom, outdoors and travelling.
Maria, who has three children under five years old, says she and her husband downloaded the app to their phones and spend a couple of minutes looking at it each weekday.
'The activities are quick and straightforward, so even after a busy day, it doesn't take much effort to complete one to two activities that we'll try with the kids over the next few days,' Maria says.
'I am already noticing how they are more intrigued about everything we do — asking questions and fascinated about the simple things while learning at the same time.'
Parents can even design the app's characters to look like themselves and their child.
The app is readily accessible on Android and Apple smart phones and tablets, and designed so there are no ongoing data usage costs.
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The State Government invested $300,000 into the app, while Save the Children, one of Australia's largest aid and development agencies, oversaw its development.
Save the Children worked with researchers, policymakers and practitioners, and consulted with parents to develop the app.
Save the Children Australia State Manager for Victoria and South Australia Claire Febey says the app creates healthy habits and attitudes by rewarding players for completion of small goals.
'It brings families closer as kids learn new things and together they share accomplishments,' Ms Febey says.
Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos says the project aligns with the $202.1 million Education State Early Childhood Reform Plan, created to provide more support for parenting - particularly for first-time parents who may not have easy access to facilities and services.
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