The Australian Government's Adult Migrant Education Program (AMEP) provides up to 510 hours of free English Language Tuition to eligible migrants from the skilled, family and humanitarian visa streams. The program aims to help students with transition and settlement into Australian society, assist in English fluency and increase employment opportunities. Students may participate in AMEP by enrolling at TAFE NSW or another service provider.
Each year, Gowrie NSW helps educate and care for over 3,300 children of AMEP families.
Gowrie NSW Early Learning Centres provide education and care for children aged from 4 months to 6 years, whose parents are students attending English AMEP classes at TAFE NSW.
We aim to provide a safe, nurturing and educational environment for children to develop their abilities and potential. We are respectful of the uniqueness of each family’s cultural background and ensure families feel welcome to leave their children with confidence while they attend English classes.
Gowrie NSW AMEP Early Learning Centres are in the following TAFE NSW locations:
Call (02) 8571 9785 for eligibility and enrolment enquiries.
Gowrie NSW helps AMEP families find childcare for students inside TAFE at our Early Learning Centres and at a childcare near you. We coordinate mainstream childcare placements throughout NSW and the ACT and help over 3,300 children each year.
The Early Learning Centre runs a relationship-based program focusing on the utmost respect for every child and family that we work with. Children learn through a play-based learning curriculum which allows them to explore, discover, negotiate, take risks, create meaning and solve problems which are the important foundations for developing literacy, numeracy and social skills.
Our passionate team of qualified educators follow a respectful approach and are committed to building close trusting relationships with each child and their family. They ensure there is consistent communication with families on a daily basis and provide a secure base for children spending time away from their family during the day.
Our program caters to a wide range of languages and we have consultants on hand at all times to assist with enrolment. As an element of our service and commitment to inclusion, Gowrie NSW AMEP services employ educators from English as a Second Language and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds, including some who had made the transition from former students of the program. Throughout the operation of this program, Gowrie NSW have been regularly audited by NEAS and Department officials who have acknowledged and praised both our Early Learning Centres operations and the facilities provided.
Located on-site at TAFE NSW, children and families can feel safe and confident knowing their loved ones are close by. Our thoughtfully planned out spaces offer opportunity for exploration and investigation, children feel excited to come to the center and develop a true love of learning. Whilst each age group has their own freedom of space, there is a caring culture where all children spend time together and learn from one another.
We offer an innovative programming system which celebrates individual children’s interests and strengths in their journey of learning and development. With an established philosophy embedded within the heart of the centre, the Gowrie NSW Early Learning Centre strives to create a gentle, loving atmosphere that is a home away from home for children and their families.
Find out more about the AMEP from the Department of Education and Training website.