Support for parent and student wellbeing
Starting high school can be both exciting and stressful. Find practical information, resources and emotional support services for parents and students.
Foster a positive learning environment
The move to high school is a big change, for children and their families.
There’s a range of support services available for parents and students that can help encourage:
- a healthy and productive learning environment
- physical wellbeing
- coping strategies
- mental and emotional wellbeing
- broader connections to community and support groups.
Support for students
Most schools have programs designed to help support students’ social and emotional learning as well as their physical wellbeing, including:
- healthy school canteens initiative
- sun safety and road safety requirements
- life skills and peer support activities
- specialist counselling staff
- anti-bullying measures
- digital usage and screen time guidelines.
Adolescence can also be a time where increased consumption of soft drinks and sugary foods could have adverse effects on your child's teeth and gums.
Health NSW has information and resources for parents to address any oral health concerns they might have for their children.
Additionally, the Raising Children Network, which is supported by the Department of Social Services, has a number of health and daily care resources for high school age children.
There are also specific support services available from the NSW Department of Education for:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
- refugee students
- multicultural education needs
- English language learners
- students with disability
Learn more about student wellbeing at the NSW Department of Education
Support for parents
A child starting high school can mean major changes to your family’s life, routines and relationships.
The NSW Department of Education's quick guide for parents is an alphabetical list of common topics covering a wide range of subjects, from attendance to wellbeing.
You can also find support material and practical help for parents and carers at the NSW Department of Education, including:
- homework and study tips
- learning resources
- ways to deal with the transition from primary to high school
- student health and safety programs
Get practical help for parents and carers at the NSW Department of Education.
Parenting and emotional support
You can find practical parenting information as well as emotional support at:
- Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 for free and confidential phone and online counselling for young people
- Parentline on 1300 1300 52 to talk to a qualified counsellor
- Raising Children Network for resources for mental, emotional and physical health for teens
- ReachOut Australia - practical support, tools and tips for young people