Ardoch delivers education support programs to increase engagement in education, build aspirations and enhance learning outcomes for vulnerable children.
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Strategy 2025 sets out five strategic priorities for Ardoch to focus on as we work towards our vision.
Ardoch’s history – 30 years of impact.
Ardoch’s Annual and Financial Reports.
The team at Ardoch work tirelessly every day to drive our mission forward and support more children in disadvantaged communities.
The philanthropic, corporate and community partners who support our programs.
Ardoch delivers educational programs to children in disadvantaged communities. Our programs promote literacy and STEM learnings and enhance student aspirations by broadening their horizons.
Ardoch’s Literacy Support provides early intervention programs to improve the literacy and language skills of children in their crucial early and primary school years.
STEM Support provides a suite of programs to foster children’s STEM skills in fun, engaging and relevant ways.
Ardoch’s Broadening Horizons programs provide a range of unique and engaging learning and life experiences.
Ardoch uses an outcomes framework that is common to all of our programs to measure the impact of our work.
Ardoch School Costs Guide.
We measure our program outcomes using a range of methodologies and conduct internal and external evaluations to assess the impact of our programs.
Ardoch partners with schools that are identified as needing educational support.
Published external research and evaluation reports.
Volunteers are central to Ardoch’s work. We offer opportunities to volunteer individually or as part of a workplace.
Over the year Ardoch offers different events that our supporters can attend or sponsor.
Become a corporate partner and help improve the educational outcomes for children and young people in disadvantaged communities.
Leaving a gift to Ardoch in your Will is an especially thoughtful and valued form of support.
Ardoch relies on the generosity of its supporters to help every child realise their potential. We offer several different ways to fundraise for Ardoch.
If you become a regular donor, your monthly donation will provide important, ongoing funding that will help every child realise their potential.
Ardoch relies on the generosity of philanthropy, corporate partners and the community to deliver our programs.
It is understandable the term ‘play-based learning’ may sound odd to some parents. After all, can children play and learn at the same time? The answer is a resounding yes.
Play-based learning is becoming more popular in places of early learning and for good reason: play is work for kids. It is how they learn!
However, it is important to note that play-based learning does not mean that kids are left to their own devices to run around and do whatever takes their fancy. Play-based learning is led and under the instruction of teachers and educators, to encourage children to explore, to take risks, to be creative and to solve problems.
There are other positive advantages of play-based learning, including:
Play-based learning helps children develop fine and gross motor skills.
Colouring, drawing, painting pictures, and kneading playdough and clay is a lot of fun for young children, but it importantly helps increase their finger strength and help them develop their fine motor skills, which is vital when learning pre-writing shapes and patterns. This becomes very important when it’s time to learn how to write. Any physical play, such as dancing and jumping, can help a child develop gross motor skills and as an added bonus, it is a good way to incorporate more physical activity into their busy days.
The lessons the children learn are more meaningful.
Any parent will attest that young children are not designed to sit still for long periods. It is understandable why children zone out during lecture-style lessons. If children are having fun and actively taking part in something, it is likely they will take more notice of what they are doing and stay engaged.
Play-based learning encourages children to enjoy learning.
Transitioning to school is a big step, so it could be a little scary for some children. Play-based learning is enjoyable and encourages a child’s creativity, imagination, natural curiosity, and also enables children to develop important social and communication skills; hopefully helping to set them up to love learning for years to come.
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