Mimi’s House is an innovative early intervention program that partners with primary schools to support the social, emotional and physical development of children from prep to grade 5. It does this by creating a nurturing, home-like environment for children at-risk of disengaging from learning. Our program was developed to directly address these children’s need for support through an initial one-year nurturing and skill development program followed by a second-year mentoring program.
Mimi’s House is a one-year program where children attend on the same day every week for the duration of the school year. The program uses a child centred approach to empower and equip children to achieve greater success at school and in their personal lives. Mimi’s House provides a supportive safe and non-judgemental environment in which children can work through their problems, learn to thrive, build confidence and develop teamwork and resilience.
Children are taught practical skills across a number of domains such as self-care, hygiene, cooking, craft and other artistic endeavours. Children engage in term-based projects that often involve group work which creates an opportunity for them to learn to follow through with tasks and experience a sense of completion.
2nd Year Mentoring
All of our mentors are screened and trained community volunteers. Mentors consistently meet with a child fortnightly building strong, positive relationships. The mentors reinforce skills and values learnt in the initial first year nurturing program while further developing those that still need work. Mentoring extends the impact of the Mimi’s House program which leads to better long term outcomes for our children.
Our family liaison develops positive relationships with the families of children who attend the program offering support and mentoring. Families are offered assistance and referred to relevant support agencies when suitable.
Children who complete Mimi's House learn to:
Respect themselves and others
Regulate their emotions
Engage in teamwork
Establish positive friendships
Communicate with others
Establish personal hygiene and self-care routines
Develop basic cooking skills
Who Can Benefit From Mimi's
Mimi’s House has been designed for children who need additional support to manage their behaviour and emotions. This includes students who struggle to manage anger and who have a history of detentions or suspensions. Children who would benefit from Mimi’s House include those who:
Are restless, pre-occupied or have an inability to focus on or perform simple tasks as required by their classroom teacher;
Anger easily and act out;
Are unable to regulate their emotions;
Are quiet and lack confidence
Withdraw from social situations;
Experience difficulty in making and sustaining friendships.