How can I get involved in my child's school/nursery

Research shows that when parents are involved, children do better and achieve more. Parents, carers and family members are by far the most important influences on their children’s lives. By becoming involved in the life of your child’s school or nursery you can show your child that their education is important to you.

Schools and nurseries value and welcome the help of parents and other family members with activities and events, and also supporting the management of the school or nursery.

You may be able to help out on a regular basis during the day or you may only occasionally have time after school. The important thing is to be aware that you have skills and abilities that you can use to benefit the school or nursery and its pupils.

Some examples of where parents can help in schools and nurseries

  • joining the Parent Council and/or its tasks groups

  • help with the school library

  • school trips

  • general help in the classroom

  • sharing different cultures

  • talking about your own experiences

  • fundraising

  • after school clubs

Your Parent Council or headteacher will be able to tell you about ways in which you can help. 

Key areas

There are three key areas of parental involvement in education - all are important.

Learning at home

Parents as first and ongoing educators of their own children - an example might be parents and their child reading together at bedtime.

Home/school/nursery partnership

Schools, nurseries, parents and the community working together to educate children - an example might be a secondary school holding an information evening for parents and primary 7 pupils to show them round the school and talk about the new subjects they will be learning.

Parent representation

Parents having an opportunity to be involved in the development of education policy at school, local authority and national level - an example might be a Parent Council asking parents their views on the school’s anti-bullying policy.