Ed­u­ca­tional pod fills gap

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph News - Emily Sharp

A cre­ative, en­gag­ing and safe place for chil­dren to learn and ex­plore has been cre­ated by a hus­band-and-wife duo in the heart of Port Kennedy.

The idea for The Learn­ing Pod was born when Teisha and Dan Hoyer saw an ed­u­ca­tional gap that wasn’t be­ing filled for chil­dren need­ing a lit­tle bit more than what they could get from school.

“My hus­band and I have fos­tered for seven years and we no­ticed that ev­ery child had some­thing unique,” Ms Hoyer said.

“Then we went through a stage where we found out our own chil­dren were gifted and tal­ented and it was re­ally hard to find some­thing that was able to sup­port them.”

The Learn­ing Pod started as a pop-up shop in De­cem­ber with more than 120 stu­dents reg­is­tered for tu­tor­ing within the month and con­sists of mul­ti­ple cir­cu­lar struc­tures that can move to cre­ate dif­fer­ent room con­fig­u­ra­tions for a va­ri­ety of work­shops and one-on-one learn­ing.

“We have a unique learn­ing struc­ture with a clus­ter of spe­cial needs spe­cial­ists and we find there are a lot of fam­i­lies that just don’t know what to do or they are on wait­ing lists for over a year,” Ms Hoyer said.

“We want The Learn­ing Pod to be a place where kids can come and ed­u­cate them­selves in a fun way and keep them chal­lenged and ex­cited.”

The ed­u­ca­tional model is so unique that the managing di­rec­tor for sta­tionery gi­ant Staedtler flew over to see it in per­son.

“We wanted to make a dif­fer­ence to the com­mu­nity and we felt the only way it was go­ing to hap­pen was if we did it our­selves,” Ms Hoyer said.

Pic­ture: Emily Sharp

Photo avail­able at west­pix.com.au The Learn­ing Pod founders and own­ers Teisha and Dan Hoyer with daugh­ter Lur­ren, 9, in the one-of-a-kind cir­cu­lar move­able pods.

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