Tenth year for learning program

CELEBRATION: Jackie Lines, left, Hayley Anderson, Noelene Petrie, Leeanne Rohrsheim, Christine Beyer, Kaye Nicholson, Sandra Sproule and Jackie Golding.
CELEBRATION: Jackie Lines, left, Hayley Anderson, Noelene Petrie, Leeanne Rohrsheim, Christine Beyer, Kaye Nicholson, Sandra Sproule and Jackie Golding.

The Learning Together at Home program has marked its 10th anniversary.

Fieldworkers from across the district gathered in Port Pirie at Airdale Primary School during the school holidays for a training session, as well as some celebratory cake to mark the milestone.

The fieldworkers came from as far west as Port Lincoln as well as Whyalla, Port Augusta and Clare in addition to local staff.

The program operates in 13 locations across the state and boasts enrollments of more than 550 children and 476 adults.

Before the change to Learning Together at Home in 2009, the program existed as the Early Learning Program and before that it had its beginnings as the Mobile Toy Library.

While its focus has shifted over the years, it's core focus - children's learning - has remained the same.

The purpose of the program is to support families' ability to be involved with their children's learning through play.

Eligibility for the program includes families whose children need support due to the following factors:

  • Those who are socially isolated
  • Families with mental health issues or learning difficulties
  • Children or families with disabilities
  • Children with developmental delay
  • Families who are new arrivals to Australia
  • Young parents
  • Families pressures such as illness, multiple births
  • Families living in poverty
  • Families who are geographically isolated

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and children under guardianship of the minister (GOM) are given priority service whenever possible.