Resources for funded kindergartens

Strengthening business best practice

The Department of Education and Training has developed a suite of resources materials for service providers and committees of management that provide financial and business advice to help strengthen business best practice within the kindergarten sector.  The resources focus on strategies that can help strengthen operations, increase revenue and improve efficiencies for kindergarten services.

Tip sheet 1 - Investing in the now and future (pdf - 148.69kb) | Tip sheet 1 - Investing in the now and future (docx - 77.96kb)

Tip sheet 2 - Parent fee setting for sustainable kindergartens (pdf - 146.65kb) | Tip sheet 2 - Parent fee setting for sustainable kindergartens (docx - 77.31kb)

Tip sheet 3 - Maximising kindergarten enrolments (pdf - 176kb) | Tip sheet 3 - Maximising kindergarten enrolments (docx - 81.89kb)

Tip sheet 4 - Maximising kindergarten income (pdf - 156.76kb) | Tip sheet 4 - Maximising kindergarten income (docx - 79.09kb)

Tip sheet 5 - Additional service offerings (pdf - 154.32kb) | Tip sheet 5 - Additional service offerings (docx - 101.06kb)

Tip sheet 6 - Improving sustainability in rural kindergartens (pdf - 172.37kb) | Tip sheet 6 - Improving sustainability in rural kindergarten services (docx - 75.56kb)

Tip sheet 7 - Kindergarten budgeting for Committees of Management (pdf - 335.14kb) | Tip sheet 7 - Kindergarten budgeting for Committees of Management (docx - 137.43kb)

Improved educator to child ratio

The Department of Education and Training has worked in partnership with Catharine Hydon, an early childhood consultant, to develop a suite of resources for early childhood teachers and educators. The resources focus on building relationships with individual children and their families, reflecting on current practices, working collaboratively with other professionals and maximising learning outcomes.

Tip sheet 1 - Collaborative teaching: teaching as a team
Ratio Tip Sheet 1 (pdf - 293.94kb) | Ratio Tip Sheet 1 (doc - 704kb)

Tip sheet 2 - Learning in a larger group: teaching strategies to support engagement
Ratio Tip Sheet 2 (pdf - 321.36kb) | Ratio Tip Sheet 2 (doc - 1.17mb)

Tip sheet 3 - Utilising physical & social environments to maximise learning
Ratio Tip Sheet 3 (pdf - 323.56kb) | Ratio Tip Sheet 3 (doc - 1.32mb)

Tip sheet 4 - A place for everyone: responding effectively to every child
Ratio Tip Sheet 4 (pdf - 336.36kb) | Ratio Tip Sheet 4 (doc - 1.14mb)

Tip sheet 5 - Secure relationships: creating strong connections & building relationships with all children & familiesRatio Tip Sheet 5 (pdf - 327.21kb) | Ratio Tip Sheet 5 (doc - 1.2mb)

Tip sheet 6 - Multi-age groups: working with mixed-age groups
Ratio Tip Sheet 6 (pdf - 329.43kb) | Ratio Tip Sheet 6 (doc - 1.19mb)

Tip sheet 7 - Kindergarten access for all children: ensuring the sector is responsive to the community
Ratio Tip Sheet 7 (pdf - 359.98kb) | Ratio Tip Sheet 7 (doc - 1.18mb)

Educator Configurations

The educator to child ratio is calculated according to the total number of children being educated and cared for by the service. For example, where a service has between 45 and 55 children in a two room kindergarten, five educators are required to meet the 1:11 ratio. These services require an early childhood teacher for each group, however, may consider having a fifth educator working across the two groups when the groups are operating at the same time. For more information, see: Educator configurations (pdf - 136.39kb) I Word (docx - 82.5kb)

Digital stories

From 1 January 2016, Victorian kindergarten services are required to operate at an educator to child ratio of 1:11 in accordance with the National Quality Framework. The improved ratio allows staff to give more individual attention to each child and support better learning outcomes.

A suite of digital stories have been developed to support services to implement the improved ratio requirement.