Our Programs

Children from disadvantaged communities often start school developmentally vulnerable and continue to fall behind throughout their school life.

Across our partner schools and early years services, there are many home-life issues that create barriers to education and affect children’s learning outcomes. These include:

  • Trauma
  • Domestic violence
  • Unemployment
  • Bullying
  • Language barriers
  • Family instability
  • Refugee and asylum seeker families
  • Family breakdown
  • Drug and alcohol addiction

Our education support programs aim to increase engagement in education, build aspirations and enhance learning outcomes for the children we work with. These programs support their education by developing skills in literacy and numeracy, providing positive adult role models and developing social skills in children and young people in need of additional support.

Literacy Support

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.

Children are more likely to succeed when they enjoy their learning, so through Ardoch’s literacy programs we aim to make literacy fun. Relevant and involving content helps increase children’s confidence and engagement with their education.

STEM Support

Ardoch’s STEM Support provides a suite of programs to foster children’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) skills in fun, engaging and relevant ways.

Most of the current fastest growing occupations require STEM knowledge and skills. Children and young people who live in disadvantaged areas are often behind their peers and require extra assistance to reach optimal education outcomes.

Broadening Horizons

Ardoch’s Broadening Horizons suite of programs and activities provide children with inspiring learning and life experiences to positively impact their educational outcomes.

The children engage in a range of unique experiences that give them opportunities to connect with people from diverse businesses, institutions and organisations as well as in the wider community, and to meet positive role models. These new opportunities give them the chance to build their confidence, aspirations and openness to new experiences and learning environments.