Mannat and Joshua’s great start to education
Young children with a serious illness miss out on the educational foundations, socialising with their peers and learning to become more independent.
All children should have the opportunity to access early learning such as preschool or kindergarten programs, however, for young children with a serious illness, participation in these programs can be limited due to hospitalisation and appointments.
Mannat is one such child who received treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia, which meant that she missed out on part of her kindergarten year. She went on to start school and settled in well, however, showed some difficulties with her learning.
It was then that Mannat was referred to the Ronald McDonald Learning Program. She was matched with Learning Program teacher, Jennifer and Mannat quickly formed a positive relationship.