Code-compliant accommodation for under-10-year-old international students

Examples of good practice

  • Use your orientation programme for parents or legal guardians who are accompanying students to ensure they are aware of the requirement for them to be living with the child.
  • Call in at the home with helpful information – emergency contacts, “Getting Help”, list of tradespeople, copy of the local paper with entertainment guide, copy of What’s on at school and in the local area.
  • Ask international students’ teachers to tell you if they suspect that the parent is absent or if they notice someone else is bringing the international student to school.
  • Ask teacher(s) to let you know of any information in student’s work indicating that the parent is not at home.
  • Check the parent’s signature on notes or homework sent home.
  • Interview the student one-to-one and in private.
  • Check that parents attend student/teacher interviews.

Proactive suggestions

  • Set up a social group for international parents – e.g. a morning tea/coffee.
  • Invite international parents to be parent helpers.
  • Include the international parents in cultural celebrations at the school.
  • Have an international parent on the Parent Teacher Association.
  • Tell the parents about any group of their own ethnicity in the area.
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