Helping parents to take their next steps

Helping parents to take their next steps

Our Family Learning Partnership helps parents plan for the future.

Being a parent is hard work. There can be very little time to think about your own needs or what you want to do with your life.

Our Family Learning Partnership program supports parents to take their next steps toward learning, volunteering or even employment. It is a free program led by Kensington Neighbourhood House in partnership with Kensington Primary School and The Venny. Our Education Coordinator, Bec Smith, works one-to-one with people to help them plan where they want to go, and what steps they need to take to get there.

“This program is really flexible and individual,” says Bec. “Each parent has different life experiences, family commitments and goals. We work together to come up with a customised plan just for them.”

A plan might include formal learning like an English class or a qualification, or it might be more about informal learning – working out how to volunteer at their kids’ school or assisting with a community event.

Breaking things down into small, manageable actions is the key to success. “For instance, one mother really wants to work in childcare and she has the right qualification to do that but no experience,” explains Bec. “So we worked out all the small steps she would need to take before looking for work. Applying for a new Working with Children Check was the first step. Then she enrolled in a first aid course and successfully completed that. Now she is volunteering one morning a week in our morning childcare program to gain experience and build confidence communicating with other staff, children and parents. She also attends an English literacy class every week with us to improve her writing. I have no doubt she will be ready to look for work in the new year, and we will help with that too.”

If you, or someone you know, would like a bit of support to take their next steps, just call Kensington Neighbourhood House on 9376 6366 or email

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