New parents have been given help raising children by taking advantage of an innovation inspired by the digital age.
Day by Day: Learning Together is an app allowing parents to complete activities organised into different everyday environments such as the kitchen, bathroom, outdoors and travelling. They can even design the characters to look like themselves and their child.
The Victorian Government invested $300,000 in the development of the free app. It gives parents of children from birth up to three years of age simple skills to support their child’s development.
“This app is one simple way parents can help their child’s development, addressing those crucial early years as they prepare to go into kinder,” says Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos.
Save the Children, one of Australia’s largest aid and development agencies, oversaw the development of the app by working with researchers, policymakers and practitioners and consulting with parents.
The project aligns with the $202.1 million Education State Early Childhood Reform Plan to provide more support for parenting, particularly for first-time parents who may not have easy access to facilities and services.
The app is available on Android and Apple smart phones and tablets, and designed so that there are no data usage costs after it has been installed. It can be downloaded from iTunes or Google Store.