Young mums VCAL class starts

31 May 2017

A Young Mums VCAL class has started at Community College Gippsland’s Warragul campus.

The program is to assist young women who have left school early to keep up their secondary studies by bringing their babies to class with them. It is open to young mothers and expecting mothers aged between 15 and 20.

Young mumn VCAL Class at CCG Warragul photo Karyn O'Brien

Pictured above is Amber Horvath, Isabella and teacher Anita Anderson in the new Young Mums VCAL class at Community College Gippsland. Photo by Karyn O’Brien

Head of School, Jamie Robertson, said the program is a fully accredited Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) course delivered in an environment specifically designed to support their needs.

“Children of the young mums are able to attend class with their mother up to the age of 16 months. When the children reach 16 months of age, the mothers are assisted to access suitable childcare so they can continue with their study.”

19 year old Amber Horvath attends class three days a week.

“I am happy to come to a place where I can learn and bring my 12 month old (Isabella) with me. Sometimes she sleeps or plays in the play area while I do my school work.”

Amber said it was important to get to keep up her schooling.

“I want to get into work and have a pathway to a career in the future.”

The Young Mums VCAL program at Community College Gippsland provides a dedicated learning space where mothers are able to care for their children with feeding and change facilities, cots and play areas available in the classroom.

Enrolments are open for people to join the program. For further information on ECG College’s Young Mum’s VCAL program contact Head of School Jamie Robertson on 03 5622 6000 or 0400 106 768. Visit the VCAL page at ECG College and see the great programs and learning offered to young people here: /ecg_college_vcal

For further information, please phone (03) 5622 6000 or email