Resources for funded kindergartens

Posters, parent consent forms and tip sheets for use by Kindergartens to improve communciations with families and the community.

Letter to parents regarding access to one funded kindergarten place

At the beginning of the kindergarten year, service providers must provide all families with written confirmation that the child is receiving a funded kindergarten program.  This includes seeking confirmation from the family that they are accessing only one funded kindergarten place at any one time.

A template letter can be downloaded here: Letter to parents regarding access to one funded kindergarten place (docx - 39.79kb)

All about kindergarten: resources for parents

Information for parents about kindergarten and what to expect, including a downloadable fact sheet. To access the translated versions of this fact sheet, see: Translated resources

Strengthening business best practice

We have 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.

Materials for Kindergarten services

The following materials are specifically for kindergarten services:

To order these materials, free of charge, download the Kindergarten communications material order form (docx - 380.29kb) and email the completed form to: det@wfds.com.au

Materials for MCH services, Child Protection and Child First professionals

The following materials are specifically for designed for Maternal Child Health, Child Protection and Child FIRST professionals

To order these materials, free of charge, download the Kindergarten communications material order form (docx - 380.29kb) and email the completed form to: det@wfds.com.au

Improved educator to child ratio

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   

Tip sheet 2 - Learning in a larger group: teaching strategies to support engagement   

Tip sheet 3 - Utilising physical and social environments to maximise learning

Tip sheet 4 - A place for everyone: responding effectively to every child   

Tip sheet 5 - Secure relationships: creating strong connections and building relationships with all children and families

Tip sheet 6 - Multi-age groups: working with mixed-age groups

Tip sheet 7 - Kindergarten access for all children: ensuring the sector is responsive to the community

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:

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.