The Pyjama Foundation

Sesame Lane proudly sponsors The Pyjama Foundation by providing the funding for their volunteer training manuals.

Love of Learning Program

The Pyjama Foundation empowers children in foster care with learning, life skills and confidence to change the direction of their life. The Love of Learning Program© was developed by The Pyjama Foundation to empower children in foster care with learning, life skills and confidence to change the direction of their lives.

The Pyjama Foundation’s Love of Learning program is the only service of its type supporting children in care with evidence based literacy and numeracy programs in the out-of-school environment in Australia. Volunteers, known as Pyjama Angels, are recruited, screened and trained and are then matched with a child in foster care to spend an hour each week reading books aloud and playing educational games. Most importantly, Pyjama Angels give a foster child the chance to find their wings and reach their life potential, despite a fragile start.

In the past ten years, The Pyjama Foundation has trained more than 4000 volunteers to help brighten the lives of children through the Love of Learning Program.

The Pyjama Foundation also has a resource library in every region where volunteers can borrow books, games and resources to take to the children each week. This is a free service.

Why the Love of Learning Program is important:

There are approximately 43,000 children in foster care in Australia. Many of these children have missed out on stable, positive and healthy family relationships and stable schooling. More than one quarter (25.6%) of children in care report having problems at school that they have been unable to get help with. The most unresolved problems is with their schoolwork (43.6%). Research indicates that many children in care have poor physical health, socio-emotional well-being and cognitive/learning outcomes in comparison to their peers.

  • 92% of children in care have below average reading skills by the time they are 7 years of age, and it is a struggle for them to catch up
  • 75% of children are not completing high school (that equates to approximately 32,250 children)
  • 35% of children in care are entering the juvenile justice system

The statistics suggest a solution is required that is centered and builds the community’s capacity to give children connections with supportive adult mentors who support them to increase their cognitive/learning outcomes.

The Pyjama Foundation believes that the Love of Learning Program is an effective solution, as it supports children in care to form and sustain healthy adult attachments, relationships, gain improved educational success and increase their confidence and love of learning.

The results:

  • The Pyjama Foundation is providing 62,100 hours per annum to mentor and support children in care
  • Pyjama Angels are reading 81,000 books to children in care each year
  • The Pyjama Foundation’s training and support is effective with 99% of Pyjama Angels reporting they have a good relationship with the child they mentor
  • More than 84% of Pyjama Angels believe that they areas where they have seen the most positive change since mentoring, have been the child’s ability to concentrate on a task or activity and children’s general positive attitude towards learning
  • 83% of Pyjama Angel have observed an improvement in the child’s reading
If you would like to know more about The Pyjama Foundation please visit their website, phone them on  (07) 3256 8802, or contact hem by email.