AN EARLY learning education program is ensuring kids outside the classroom get access to greater educational activities.
Launched in 2015, the Children’s University Tasmania program focuses on expanding the concept of work and learning to include extracurricular activities for young learners.
The program was broadened to reach the Derwent Valley and Central Highlands schools in June, and now offers homeschooled kids the chance to participate.
Students involved in the program earn a stamp in their Passport to Learning for every hour of voluntary activities they do, which can include everything from dancing to model building.
At the end of the year, they graduate from the Children’s University with an award based on the number of hours they have completed, leading the University of Tasmania Town and Gown processions as part of the celebrations.
Sienna and Olive Jenkins are among the first homeeducated participants to join the program, and their mother Rebecca said the program, operated by the Peter Underwood Centre, would complement her family’s approach to learning.
“The philosophies of Children’s University fit really well with those of home education,” Mrs Jenkins said. “The girls are really excited by the idea.”
The pilot program will rolled out to Derwent Valley and Central Highlands homeschooled children in a 12month trial and, if successful, could be offered to homeeducated kids in other parts of the state.