Young Parents Education Program (YPEP)
The YPEP (Young Parents Education Program) Learning Hubs provide pregnant and parenting young people, aged between 15 and 21 years old, with an opportunity to complete their education through studying the VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning) in a supported and inclusive learning environment – young parents bring their babies to classes (until babies are walking or 12 months of age, whichever comes first). Parent Support is on site at all times, so while babies remain the responsibility of the parent, the Parent Support assists with feeding, changing, settling and sleeping.
The program gives young parents the opportunity to access support and advice from a range of experts about parenting, early childhood development, financial literacy and counseling, mental health, wellbeing, legal, housing and more.
The establishment of the YPEP Learning Hubs is supported by a consortium of committed stakeholders (listed below alphabetically) from education, early childhood development, parenting, health and wellbeing, local government:
Centrelink, Chisholm Learn, Engage, Connect, City of Casey, City of Greater Dandenong Community College, Gippsland Department of Education & Training Regional Office, Foundation Learning College, Hallam Senior College, Headspace, Monash Health, Monash University, Oakwood School, Our Place, SELLEN, Windermere.
This partnership provides expertise across multiple areas that ensures young parents and their babies can return to, engage well and complete Year 12 education while learning about parenting.
For further information about the YPEP, please contact:
YPEP Project Leader
YPEP @ Hallam Senior College
Title slide statistics refer to Census data of 2011 with Census data of 2016 indicating 1110 young parents.
YPEP Learning Hub Locations
Hallam Senior Secondary
Enrolment and Enquiries: John Lyall, Assistant Principal
YPEP Educator: Kate Silvangni
P: 9703 1266
Foundation Learning Centre, Narre Warren
Enrolment and Enquiries: Tina Bampton, General manager
YPEP Educator: Melinda Brown
P: 9703 7488
The YPEP program has changed my life, once I found out I was pregnant, I never thought I would be able to finish school, but with the support of the teachers, I have finished and am now working.
I think I love proving people wrong and so therefore I’m coming to school because people say … …you’re going to fail in life. Like I’m at school and I’m going to go further than most people that don’t have a baby..
Yes because a lot of young people like us don’t go to school – they just stay at home and I guess like we’re coming here to do something with our lives.