Support for Your Child

The Victorian Government is committed to delivering an inclusive early childhood and school system that ensures that all families and their children have access to quality services and supports to meet their needs – no matter what your family’s circumstances or background. This includes families whose children have severe disabilities and developmental delays, and refugee and asylum seeker families.Childing being supported by a child care professional

The policies and programs outlined below respect your family's individuality and help develop a sense of belonging to the community to promote your child's learning, development and wellbeing in the early years.

Kindergarten Inclusion Support Packages – Disability

The Kindergarten Inclusion Support Packages build the capacity of funded kindergartens to support the inclusion of children with a disability.

An inclusive program encourages and allows all children eligible to attend kindergarten opportunities to access the kindergarten program. Inclusion fosters the development of a sense of belonging and respects individuality and diversity, in order to promote learning, development and well-being in a child’s early years.

The Guidelines Information and Application Kit is available for families and kindergarten programs seeking support. To access the kit, see: Kindergarten Inclusion Support Kits

Kindergarten Inclusion Support Packages – Complex Medical Needs

Kindergarten inclusion support packages are available to build the capacity of funded kindergartens to support the inclusion of children with complex medical needs (without a disability).

The Guidelines, Information and Application Kit is available for families and kindergarten programs seeking support. To access the kit, see: Kindergarten Inclusion Support Kits

Preschool Field Officer program

The Preschool Field Officer (PSFO) Program provides support to government funded kindergartens program staff to support the access and participation of children with additional needs in inclusive kindergarten programs through the provision of consultative support, resourcing and advice to kindergarten teachers. The PSFO program is a locally responsive approach to providing kindergarten services with practical advice and support on including children with additional needs into a quality kindergarten program.

Referral forms  for the PSFO service can be obtained from kindergartens.

Support for refugee and asylum seeker families

Kindergarten is available free to eligible families and offers real benefits for their families and their children.

The Victorian Government provides funding to early childhood services so that families on concession cards, health care cards, Department of Veterans’ Affairs gold cards, refugees, special humanitarian entrants, those on asylum seekers visas, (and triplets and quadruplets in the same year of kindergarten) can receive a kindergarten program for 10 hours a week for free.

For more information, see: Kindergarten Fee Subsidy