Miyay Birray puts together education packs for Moree Aboriginal families homeschooling during coronavirus pandemic

Miyay Birray Youth Service is hoping to take some of the load off local parents who are now having to homeschool their children during the current coronavirus pandemic, with the distribution of educational packs for preschool and primary school-aged children.

The youth service has put together 100 packs for local Aboriginal families, targeting children in preschool, kindergarten and primary school.

"Kids are going to be isolated at home so we want to make sure they're still productive at home and still having an educational experience as well," Miyay Birray CEO Darrel Smith said.

"We don't know how long this is going to last, so we don't want kids to fall behind in their learning."


The packs include age-appropriate worksheets, pencils, papers and games, as well as information for parents on how to make their own hand sanitiser and playdough to keep children engaged and entertained over this period of uncertainty.

There's also information about the Community 'Virtual' Greening Challenge - a competition for families to do things in their garden at home.

Boxes have also been made up for Miyay Birray's Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) participants, including all their books for the next few months.

"Any resources families can have that they don't have to worry about going to purchase is a good thing," Mr Smith said.

"It takes a load off parents' minds.

"Some might have five or six kids at home, but with restrictions on what you can buy, they might only be able to purchase two items of something."

Miyay Birray staff and HIPPY tutors spent Thursday and Friday putting the packs together, and distributed 50 of them on Friday afternoon.

They will keep 50 on site for any other families interested in one.

If you would like a pack, call Miyay Birray on (02) 6752 6038 or Darrel Smith on 0448 526 038.