Parents, carers and the community
As a parent or carer, you're an important part of the school community. NSW public schools offer a range of services to support you and your family.
Counselling for families
School counsellors can assist when families undergo a trauma or big change. Contact your school to make an appointment.
For information in community languages, see school counselling service.
Outside of the education system, free telephone counselling services are available to support families who may be going through a difficult time.
Interpreting and translations
We will help you communicate with our schools. If you’d like an interpreter for a school meeting, let your school know and they'll arrange one, if available.
If you don’t speak or understand English well and want to contact us, call TIS National on 131 450 and ask for an interpreter in your language. The operator will call the school and get an interpreter to help. This service is free.
For more information, listen in your language.
Visit the department’s translated documents section for important information that’s relevant for your child’s education in many languages.
Parents and Citizens’ Association (P&C)
The Parents and Citizens’ Association (P&C) is made up of parents and carers, your child's school teachers and community members. The P&C meets regularly to contribute to decision-making, developing policies and management plans as well as fundraising.