Our Learning Program

The Ronald McDonald Learning Program (RMLP) is a national Program assisting school-aged children with chronic illness or injury in their return to part-time or full-time schooling. Providing a suite of educational support services, including individual tutoring for 40 hours with a qualified teacher, an educational/cognitive assessment (if recommended) completed by an educational psychologist, occupational and/or speech therapy (if required) and education liaison. The Ronald McDonald Learning Program is tailored to students’ individual needs. 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 RMLP helps children recovering from serious illness and injury to catch up on missed education. Because getting better shouldn’t mean falling behind!

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:


Once a child has returned to school part-time or full-time, we provide fully-funded tuition with a qualified teacher 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 receiving payment for their contribution.

Student Application Form

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

Expression of interest form

Apply to become a tutor

RMLP Teacher Registration

Education Liaison

RMLP recognises that keeping a child connected to their home school is paramount for the child’s education, confidence and self-esteem. 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.

Teacher Professional Development

EDMed® is Australia’s leading professional development package supporting teachers working with students with a chronic illness. Planning for the return of a student who has suffered a serious illness or injury can present challenges for teachers. This is a free, one hour professional development session which provides a range of educational strategies and information to assist in the smooth transition and integration back to school. This module can be delivered face to face or in a self-paced, online learning environment.

EDMed® has now been delivered to over 27,000 (28,900) professionals across Australia, broadening teachers' knowledge and understanding about chronic health conditions such as Diabetes, Epilepsy, Crohn’s Disease, Cystic Fibrosis and Cancer.

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

Online module link

To find out about EDMed Professional Development and book a face-to-face presentation contact the Education Coordinator.

In-House Programs

Our curriculum-based, In-House Programs are offered to all school aged children and their siblings staying at Ronald McDonald House. The Program includes, but is not limited to, regular weekly activities provided after school, school holiday programs and special events/excursions.

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

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.