Our Learning Program

The Ronald McDonald Learning Program assists school-aged children with serious illnesses and injuries to catch up on missed education following treatment and recovery. Providing a suite of educational support services, including therapy sessions and one-on-one tuition with experienced teachers, our Ronald McDonald Learning Program is tailored to students’ individual needs. We aim to build each child’s confidence and self-esteem in preparation for their return to the classroom. All services are free to families thanks to funding from our generous RMHC supporters.

RMLP Vision

The RMLP will educate, empower and advocate for school aged students with serious physical illness or injury.

RMLP Mission

The Ronald McDonald Learning Program helps children recovering from serious illness and injury to catch up on missed education because getting better shouldn’t mean falling behind!

We support children throughout treatment and in their return to school

On top of all the major changes in a family’s life, children with chronic illness or injury are subject to significant amounts of missed schooling which can impact their educational outcomes.

The Ronald McDonald Learning Program (RMLP) is a national program assisting children with chronic illness or injury in their return to full-time schooling. It provides a suite of educational support services, including education liaison, speech and occupational therapy sessions and one-on-one tutorials with experienced teachers to attend to students’ individual needs.

In preparation for their return to the classroom, we aim to build each child’s confidence and self-esteem, and ensure schools are empowered to help them transition back to school by offering Teacher Professional Development.

Our Services

We believe that every child has the right to achieve their full potential and in order to do so, we recognise the importance of a holistic approach.


The RMLP provides tailored support depending on the child’s needs, stage of treatment at the time of referral, geographic location and family situation. All services are free, with students accessing one or all of the support services offered. These include:

Education Liaison

RMLP recognises that keeping a child connected to their home school is paramount for the child’s education. Early intervention with liaison support for students has an outstandingly positive effect, not only on their education but socially and emotionally for the entire family. Our Education Coordinators work closely with the multidisciplinary team at Sydney Children’s Hospital to keep schools up to date with information around treatment, possible side effects, educational considerations and additional support services. By having trained education professionals taking care of a child’s educational needs, parents are able to redirect their attention to other aspects of their child’s wellbeing.

Tutoring

Once a child has returned to school full-time, we provide fully-funded tuition with qualified teachers in the student’s local community. This assists children to catch up on missed education or to develop foundational skills. Tutoring sessions are conducted after school hours and can be done at the child’s school or at a local community facility. This initiative also gives qualified teachers a rewarding experience, while still receiving payment for their contribution.

Teacher Professional Development

EDMed® is Australia’s leading professional development package supporting teachers working with students with a chronic illness. It is endorsed in NSW through NESA and contributes to teacher identified hours.

EDMed® has now been delivered to over 27,000 professionals across Australia, broadening teachers' knowledge and understanding about chronic health conditions such as Diabetes, Epilepsy, Crohn’s Disease, Cystic Fibrosis and Cancer.

In-House Programs

An ever expanding and highly flexible element of the Learning Program service is the in-house programming. This is offered to all school aged children and their siblings staying at Ronald McDonald House. This program includes, but is not limited to, regular weekly activities provided after school, school holiday programs and special events/excursions.

Who is eligible?

We are an independent, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing vital programs for families with seriously ill children.

Our chapter run a range of support programs across Sydney including our House, Family Rooms and Learning Program. 

Get Access

Students

If your child is currently undergoing treatment or is in the process of going back to school full-time, get the support they need.

Expression of interest form

Teachers

Professional development to support teachers working with students with a chronic illness.

If you are a school, request here

Face to face request form

For online access

Online instructions

Get Involved

Become a tutor

If you are a qualified teacher or university student, be part of this rewarding experience and make a difference in a child’s life.

Expression of interest form

In-House Programs

School holiday programs: Our school holiday programs are entertaining and engaging. We allow and invite entertainment industries to perform for our families, and welcome companies to come in and teach our families new skills. RMHC also allow individuals with a unique talent to provide children with fun activities. Our program also includes special out of house excursions or events. These programs are offered to the children and their siblings who are staying in the house, but also children who are signed up with the Ronald McDonald Learning Program.

Fundraise at your school

  • Crazy sock day: Children buy our Ronald McDonald Socks to raise money 
  • Beanie for Brain Cancer: Wear a beanie for brain cancer and all funds raised go to Ronald McDonald House Charities
  • To match with our ‘Walk me home’ event, we could possibly invite schools to do a walkathon to raise money
  • Gold coin donation for a mufti day: All funds raised go to Ronald McDonald House Charities