2020 has been a year of unprecedented challenges for all Australians, with the early childhood and primary education sectors particularly affected. Those in Western Sydney have been especially hard hit, with local educators requiring strong support in implementing teaching strategies in their classrooms to ensure no child is left behind.
ALNF has been there every step of the way, answering this need with ongoing tailored support to its partner sites in the Western Sydney area. With the enduring support of the Packer Family Foundation and Crown Resorts Foundation, ALNF’s targeted work with the committed and inspiring educators of Briar Road Preschool and Public School, Oorunga Wandarrah MACS Centre and Waranwarin Early Learning Centre, has produced incredible results, despite the many challenges of COVID-19 to learning environments.
ALNF has successfully adapted its Early Language and Literacy (EL&L) program by embedding the use of digital platforms and technology to ensure that educators in Western Sydney continue to have uninterrupted access to training and mentoring opportunities, supplemented with carefully planned face-to-face support. Zoom training webinars, topical mini-workshops, community Facebook groups and YouTube instructional videos are just some of the e-learning successes that have been rolled out!
This ingenuity in program delivery has also resulted in the wonderful news that four educators at ALNF’s partner sites in Western Sydney have recently completed their training, being awarded their full Certificate IV in Early Language and Literacy this month!
ALNF has also ensured that vital educational and learning resources for both educators and students have continued to be delivered to the area, with over 200 individual resources sent out, and a further 500 children’s books to be supplied in the next few weeks, ensuring that children’s literacy learning can continue throughout these uncertain times.
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