We can help if English is not your main language.
We can give advice in other languages to help you with your child's education and health.
If you speak another language at home, it's good to keep doing this. This is because it will help your child:
- meet people with the same culture
- build their identity
- learn English.
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Stay informed about your child's learning
The more you know about your child’s school, the more you will be able to support your child’s learning.
To find out about your child’s experience at school, you can talk to your child’s:
- classroom teacher
- year-level coordinator
Find out more about
staying informed about your child’s learning.
Find out more about
helping your child learn at home
For fun ways to support your child’s learning, try these free online language activities
Interpreting and translating services for parents
If your child is going to a Victorian government school, the school can provide an interpreter or translator to talk to you. This service is free.
The interpreter or translator can be used for:
- parent–teacher conferences
- information sessions on school programs
- issues about discipline or welfare
- educational assessment of students
- enrolling students.
Schools can also translate things like:
- newsletter stories
- school notices
- school program information.
Contact your school to arrange for interpreting and translating services.
Speak in the language you know best
Speak to your child in the language you know best.
This helps to build your child’s cultural identity and sense of belonging.
Speaking two or more languages helps children become better thinkers and communicators. It can also help them learn English faster.
Learn more about
speaking in the language you know best.
Newly arrived learners
Newly arrived learners can access an intensive English program. They can also get special supports to help them in the early stages of learning English.
Speak to your school for more information, or see
newly arrived learners information for teachers.
Phone us using an interpreter
- Call the National Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450
- Ask them to call (03) 9637 2000
- They will stay on the phone call and translate.