Different families when parents work away

Where is Work? Harry’s Story

You can download these free resources:

  1. eBook: (***see note below) Where is work? Harry’s story
  2. Educational Activities (Harry’s) (including puzzles, puppets, matching games, card games, board games, sight words, sequencing and storytelling activities)
  3. audio read-along version
  4. audio read-along version (alternate version***)
  5. Commercially printed book All eBooks, interactive eBooks, downloadable (printable) versions of the book and teaching materials are free due to our wonderful funders. You can also order (and pay for) commercial, professionally printed books. Click here to order. 
  6. eBook platform: Click here

About ‘Where is Work? Harry’s Story

This book examines the different types of work parents engage in when they work away (or work very long hours). It includes families where parents work away in the:

  • mining sector
  • natural gas sector
  • transport industry
  • medical field
  • primary industries sector
  • defence forces
  • tourism, and
  • emergency services.

‘Where is work? Harry’s Story shows children that work means different things for different families and that each family finds unique ways to feel comforted and connected during this time apart. It’s an important message for children with a parent working away’.

The illustrations are by Tanya Cooper who is an Armidale based graphic artist.

To access all of these resources, please visit the Children’s Resource Modules.

***This book features many different families that reflect the diverse nature of families in Australia today. e.g. modern nuclear, single parent, multi-racial, blended and same-sex parent families. We realise that having the latter families in the book may mean it would not be used in some settings, such as faith-based educational settings or services. To ensure all children have access to this book, we have an alternate version available here: Where is work? Harry’s story (alternate version). The alternate version is also available in print by emailing ecdefenceprograms@une.edu.au


We have tried to capture the diversity of Australian families. You can find out more about the diversity in the books by downloading this guide. Diversity in ECDP storybooks

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  • improve our resources,
  • let our funders know if the resources are effective, or need improving, and
  • apply for further funding to produce more resources to support children and families.

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Why are these resources free?

We have received funding from generous organisations that recognise the needs of young children who experience a parent working away. They also recognise the need to build community capacity to develop empathy and build capacity to support these families.

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The book will be illustrated by Tanya Cooper whose work is fun and fresh.

The book will be available as a downloadable and printable PDF as part of the programs.

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