Babes with Babes - a Hunter TAFENSW Outreach initiative


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A community capacity building project to assist young mums to re-engage with education. the succesful goals were "Education to Engage, Empower and Enjoy"

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Babes with Babes - a Hunter TAFENSW Outreach initiative

  1. 1. “ Babes with Babes” Education to Engage, Empower and Enjoy!
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Who are the Babes? </li></ul><ul><li>What is “ Babes with Babes ” </li></ul><ul><li>Who are the Partners ? </li></ul><ul><li>What we Know so far </li></ul><ul><li>What would you like to ask us? </li></ul>
  3. 4. Who are the Babes? <ul><li>Young women (14-21 years) who are pregnant or new mums </li></ul><ul><li>Living in the Central Coast </li></ul><ul><li>Have discontinued their education </li></ul><ul><li>… </li></ul>
  4. 6. What is “ Babes with Babes ” <ul><li>BwB is a program conducted at the </li></ul><ul><li>Beachside Family Centre and </li></ul><ul><li>Dolphin Cottage </li></ul><ul><li>on the Central Coast to assist young mums to re-engage with education </li></ul>
  5. 8. Who are the Partners ? <ul><li>SACC Facilitators </li></ul><ul><li>TAFE Outreach Coordinators /OTEN </li></ul><ul><li>Gosford City Family Support </li></ul><ul><li>Wyong Shire Council </li></ul><ul><li>Family and Children Services Central Coast </li></ul>
  6. 9. Who are the Partners ? <ul><li>… and in true consultative spirit… the Babes themselves! </li></ul>
  7. 11. Crèche Carers
  8. 12. AIM of the GROUP <ul><li>To create a program for young mums and their children that facilitates positive learning in a safe and welcoming environment </li></ul>
  9. 14. OBJECTIVES <ul><li>To create a social environment that encourages positive peer review and development of self efficacy </li></ul>
  10. 16. OBJECTIVES <ul><li>To provide a childcare environment that is safe, healthy and stimulating for the children </li></ul>
  11. 18. OBJECTIVES <ul><li>To create flexible and individual learning pathways that encourage development of nominated learning goals </li></ul>
  12. 19. Flexible Learning
  13. 20. OBJECTIVES <ul><li>To develop a strong and workable partnership </li></ul>
  14. 22. OBJECTIVES <ul><li>To enable access to the program by provision of transport </li></ul>
  15. 25. OBJECTIVES <ul><li>To document the process and evaluate the program </li></ul>
  16. 27. What we Know so far <ul><li>The percentage of babies born in 2004 at Central Coast public hospitals to mothers under the age of 20 was 6.3% [1] . </li></ul><ul><li>This compares with a state wide figure of 4.0% [2] . </li></ul><ul><li>[1] Central Coast Health Obstetric Database 2004 </li></ul><ul><li>[2] NSW Mothers and Babies 2004 Report, p 19 </li></ul>
  17. 29. What we Know so far <ul><li>The Babes response: </li></ul><ul><li>“ I love this class. I’ve met heaps of girlz all really nice and fun to be with…If I wasn’t here I’d just be living day to day” </li></ul>
  18. 31. What we Know so far <ul><li>“ I fell pregnant when I was 18 and I was at Tafe doing my HSC but I had to leave because it was getting too hard traveling and very uncomfortable sitting in a chair for so long being that pregnant. I really wanted to get my HSC so I really like this program ’ </li></ul>
  19. 33. What we Know so far <ul><li>“ I love coming here because I know that my baby is looked after, and I can sit down and do my work.” </li></ul>
  20. 35. What we Know so far <ul><li>“… And if I ever feel down or need help with anything they always offer to help me or talk to me.” </li></ul>
  21. 37. What we Know so far <ul><li>“ It’s important that I come here because I want my children to know that you can be young, single and still do what you want to with a little help from people that are interested… Also don’t want to be branded a derro mum”. </li></ul>
  22. 38. Nuts and Bolts of Learning Environment <ul><li>Negotiated Learning…what do you want to learn and how? </li></ul><ul><li>Successful Learning Celebrations…families invited ! </li></ul><ul><li>Shared meals…all contribute </li></ul><ul><li>Learner support via texting </li></ul><ul><li>Strengths based approach </li></ul><ul><li>Learners develop classroom systems </li></ul><ul><li>Voting on issues </li></ul><ul><li>Advocacy and public speaking re BwB </li></ul><ul><li>Journal writing </li></ul><ul><li>Theatre sports </li></ul><ul><li>Learning outcomes to date </li></ul><ul><li>HSC subjects </li></ul><ul><li>CERT III Real Estate, Medical Administration </li></ul><ul><li>Year 10 modules </li></ul><ul><li>Statement of Attainments </li></ul><ul><li>Digi Storytelling </li></ul><ul><li>Pampering with the Body Shop </li></ul><ul><li>Sexual awareness workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Youth Booth…health clinic </li></ul><ul><li>Parenting workshops </li></ul>
  23. 40. Have the objectives been achieved? <ul><li>A Formal Evaluation collated information from a number of sources: </li></ul><ul><li>Personal diaries of students and workers </li></ul><ul><li>Student Questionaires </li></ul><ul><li>Partners Questionaires </li></ul><ul><li>Record of attendances of students and children </li></ul><ul><li>Learning achievements of students </li></ul><ul><li>BwB achieved its objectives in 2005 and 2006! </li></ul>
  24. 42. In A Nutshell <ul><li>Flexible and Fun Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Child Safe Transport </li></ul><ul><li>Quality Crèche </li></ul><ul><li>Social Connection and Networking </li></ul>
  25. 43. Questions <ul><li>What would you like to ask us? ….. </li></ul>