Learning Centre


Westmead

OUR EDUCATION SERVICES

THE RONALD McDONALD LEARNING PROGRAM

The Ronald McDonald Learning Program is a national program of Ronald McDonald House Charities, helping children with serious illness catch up on their missed education following lengthy hospital stays and absence from school.

Every year, thousands of children around Australia are treated for serious illnesses. The impact of hospitalisation, medications and lengthy recovery means that many children fall behind in their education and never reach their full potential.

The Ronald McDonald Learning Program is provided free to families and schools thanks to the funding from the generous supporters of Ronald McDonald House Charities.

The Learning Program looks at all aspects of a child's learning, and on a needs basis provides comprehensive assessment, therapy and tuition with qualified professionals. 

It is often the first step towards normalcy for seriously ill children and their families and sends a clear message that we believe in their future.

Each program is tailored depending upon the child's needs, location and family situation. Most children will receive up to 40 hours of one-on-one tuition with a qualified teacher, along with speech and/or occupational therapy if required.

EDMED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR TEACHERS

Accommodating for the needs of children with serious illness can present challenges and questions for teaching staff. 

As teachers, it's important to consider the whole of the child's wellbeing when planning for the student - socially, emotionally, cognitively and physically.

Our EDMed Professional Development provides teachers with information and educational strategies that can be applied to children with a diverse range of illnesses, to help support a child with serious illness at school.

By completing this free, one hour, professional development session we can assist teaching staff to:

  • Better understand the impact of chronic illness and treatments on a student’s learning
  • Examine the emotional, social, physical and cognitive issues faced by students
  • Develop ideas and strategies to enhance learning
  • Understand the teaching learning approaches specific to students with chronic health issues
  • Examine the importance of school connectedness

Completing EDMed will contribute 1 hour of NESA Registered PD addressing 1.1.2 and 1.5.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

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THE LEARNING CENTRE AT RONALD McDONALD HOUSE WESTMEAD

School-aged children staying in the House can enrol in Hospital School. For long-term families, siblings can be offered temporary enrolment in one of the local schools.

The House has a dedicated Learning Centre offering activities complementary to schooling, to keep kids engaged in their learning while they are staying at the House. Activities include:

  • Sunshine Story Time: Children can start their day by listening to a story read by Education Services staff
  • Drop Zone: Overseen by Education Services staff and deliverd by students from Macquarie university, preschool aged children can participate in activities to help prepare them for school
  • Homework Heroes: Senior students from neighbouring schools attend the Learning Centre to assist children staying in the House with homework and assignments
  • Tech Zone: STEAM education, using an inquiry-based learning approach that encourages students to use their creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communications skills
  • Pulse: Teachers from Hills Grammar deliver drama, dance, PE, music and art lessons once a week outside of school hours

The Centre is run by qualified primary and secondary teachers.

BECOME A RONALD McDONALD LEARNING PROGRAM TUTOR

The Ronald McDonald Learning Program gives teachers a chance to help seriously ill kids catch up on their missed education. Teachers are paid on an hourly basis to tutor students recovering from illness at the student's school or local community facility. Each student receives up to 40 hours of tutoring, usually completed for an hour each week over four school terms.

Join our team of experienced teachers and apply for one of the most rewarding tutoring positions available.

Contact our Education Services Manager, April, on (02) 9806 7137 or email april.dannaher@rmhc.org.au to express your interest today.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information on each program area, please use the details below:

  • Learning Program enrolments and referrals – click through and complete the online application
  • EDMed Professional Development - click through to find out more
  • Applying to be a tutor for the Ronald McDonald Learning Program - click through to find out more.

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