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Ronald McDonald Learning

When your child falls ill and requires complex medical treatment, attending school is often not a possibility. We offer a suite of programs to bridge the gap for students whose education is disrupted due to a medical illness or injury. The Ronald McDonald Learning Program (RMLP) is available to students across Western Australia, from the northern pindan of the Kimberley to the southern shores of Albany. The Bass Family Foundation Learning Centre is located in Ronald McDonald House Nedlands, providing educational support to school-aged children staying in the house.

Ronald McDonald Learning Program

The Ronald McDonald Learning Program (RMLP) aims to bridge the gap for students whose education is disrupted due to a medical illness or injury.

From kindergarten to Year 12, educational support equating to 40 hours of one-on-one tutoring is offered to children in need of assistance.

The program caters to the needs of each individual child to enable optimum learning outcomes. Upon assessment, children can access a team of professionals that include registered teachers, psychologists, occupational and speech therapists in Perth and regional Western Australia.

“I just wanted to thank the House very much for having Tyreece on the Learning Program this year. He has absolutely loved being in it and has come a long way with tutoring, so thank you for making this possible.

At the start of the year he was at level 0 for reading and now at the end of the year he is at level 10.” – Sarah-Rose, Mum to Tyreece (10)


A service that is provided as part of the Ronald McDonald Learning Program for school and pre-service teachers at universities, is EDMed. This professional development module is led by our Education Services team, delivered for free and presents information on how to better cater for sick children in the classroom physically, socially, emotionally and academically. EDMed is also available as a self-paced online module where teachers can complete the professional learning in their own time.

Charlie Bell Scholarship

When a young person is dealing with a serious illness or injury, other parts of their life can sometimes come to a standstill.

As their treatment and recovery become the priority, it can almost feel impossible to carry on with education, professional development or the career path they were pursuing.

To help students get back on their career path and towards the future they dream of Ronald McDonald House Charities established the Charlie Bell Scholarship. The scholarship awards one-off grants of up to $5,000 to young people aged 15 to 20 years, to assist towards their tertiary education.

Whether the money is used for books, supplies, apprenticeship tools or university fees, the scholarship is there to help young people get back on their path to success – wherever that might take them.


About Charlie Bell

Charlie Bell was an inspiration leader, long time supporter of RMHC and someone with quite a remarkable story.

After starting his career as a part time crew member with McDonald’s at the age of 15, he progressed quickly through the ranks, becoming Australia’s youngest Store Manager at just 19. By the age of 29, Charlie was a Vice President of McDonald’s Australia and on the Australian Board of Directors.

Before long, Charlie was appointed Managing Director, McDonald’s Australia and then ultimately, President and Chief Executive Officer of the global McDonald’s system in 2004.

Charlie passed away in 2005, after a courageous battle with cancer and he has left behind a legacy that allows many young Australians to follow their dreams, just like he did.

Bass Family Foundation Learning Centre

The Bass Family Foundation Learning Centre operates independent to the Ronald McDonald Learning Program and aims to provide school-aged children with engagement opportunities to keep them connected to their education.

Located within Ronald McDonald House Nedlands, the learning centre is an inviting space where children participate in teacher-guided learning programs that are aligned to the Australian National Curriculum. The facility provides educational support to children receiving medical treatment as well as their siblings, whilst also providing mums, dads and carers with some necessary respite time.


Would you like to learn more? Contact our Education Services team here.