Preschool Field Officer Program

​Victorian state funded kindergarten programs are eligible for preschool field officer (PSFO) services to support the access and participation of children with additional needs in their kindergarten program.

Preschool field officers use a locally responsive approach that includes consultative support, resourcing and practical advice to assist kindergarten teachers.

PSFOs also assist kindergartens to link families into supports and services available for children with developmental concerns and broader child and family supports.

The Department funds community service organisations and local councils to provide PSFO services across the state. There is no cost to the kindergarten program or families for the PSFO service.

Children covered under PSFO program

The PSFO program defines children with additional needs as children in a funded kindergarten program presenting with developmental concerns.

Developmental concerns may be associated with any area of a children’s development, from language delay or challenging behaviours through to multiple disabilities.

Children must be attending or about to start a funded kindergarten program for the kindergarten to receive PSFO support. Children getting Early Start kindergarten funding who are attending a kindergarten program delivered by a degree-qualified early childhood educator may also qualify for PSFO support.

If a child is already supported by an early childhood intervention service then the kindergarten educator should seek inclusion support from this provider, not the PSFO.

The PSFO role

The PSFO works closely with the early childhood educator, not one on one with individual children. PSFOs can enhance the capacity and confidence of the early childhood educator to provide an inclusive program that is responsive to the needs of all children.

Support for educators may include:

  • providing information and resources to inform inclusive programs
  • supporting educators to assess a child’s learning and development needs
  • supporting educators’ confidence and capacity to respond to a parent’s concerns regarding their child’s development
  • providing planning support that respects, acknowledges and complements the educator’s expertise in supporting children’s learning and development
  • coaching to help with planning and implementation of inclusive kindergarten programs
  • building professional partnerships and collaborative relationships with kindergarten educators
  • modelling of specific skills, suggestions and strategies with educators
  • assistance to embed child specific teaching and learning approaches and opportunities into the everyday kindergarten environment
  • identifying referral pathways and linking families to child and family supports, including more specialised assessment and services where necessary.

PSFO addresses by region

South Western Victoria

Gateway Support Services
10-12 Albert Street, Geelong West, 3218
Phone: 5221 2984

Gateway Support Services
50 Thompson Street, Hamilton, 3300
Phone: 5571 9114

Wimmera Uniting
PO Box 442, Horsham, 3402
Phone: 5382 6789

Pinarc Disability Support
PO Box 1841, Mail Centre, Ballarat, 3354
Phone: 5333 4721

Brimbank City Council
PO Box 70, Sunshine, 3020
Phone: 9249 4210

Shire of Melton
PO Box 21, Melton, 3337
Phone: 9747 7257

Wyndham City Council
PO Box 197, Werribee, 3030
Phone: 9742 8199

Moonee Valley City Council
PO Box 126, Moonee Ponds, 3039
Phone: 9243 1052

Lentara Uniting
PO Box 4, North Melbourne, 3051
Phone: 0417 318 569

Hobsons Bay City Council
PO Box 21, altona, 3018
Phone: 9932 1000

North Eastern Victoria

Knox City Council
511 Burwood Highway, Wantirna South, 3152
Phone: 9298 8328

Manningham City Council
699 Doncaster Road, Doncaster, 3108
Phone: 9840 9333

Shire of Yarra Ranges
PO Box 105, Lilydale, 3140
Phone: 1300 368 333

City of Monash
PO Box 1, Glen Waverley, 3150
Phone: 9518 3549

City of Boroondara
Private Bag 1, Camberwell, 3124
Phone: 9278 4444

Uniting Connections
PO Box 354, Ringwood, 3134
Phone: 9871 0221

Scope (Victoria)
PO Box 128, Benalla, 3672
Phone: 5762 7121

Wangaratta Upper Murray Family Care
PO Box 389, Wangaratta, 3677
Phone: 5720 0000

Wodonga Upper Murray Family Care
PO Box 725, Wodonga, 3690
Phone: (02) 6055 8000

North Western Victoria

St Lukes Anglicare
PO Box 315, Bendigo, 3552
Phone: 5440 1100 and 5440 1111

St Lukes Anglicare
PO Box 137, Kyneton, 3444
Phone: 5422 6052

St Lukes Anglicare
PO Box 1147, Echuca, 3564
Phone: 5482 0910

Mallee Family Care
PO Box 1870, Mildura, 3502
Phone: 5023 5966

Noah's Ark Murray Early Intervention Service
64 Pye Street, Swan Hill, 3585
Phone: 5032 2351

City of Moreland
Locked Bag 10, Moreland, 3058
Phone: 9240 2333
Fax: 9240 1252

City of Yarra
PO Box 168, Richmond, 3121
Phone: 9205 5441

Darebin City Council
8a Newcastle Street, Thornbury, 3071
Phone: 8470 8100

City of Hume
Pascoe Vale Road, Broadmeadows, 3047
Phone: 9205 2537

Lentara Uniting (Nillumbik, Banyule, Whittlesea)
C/O St Andrews Uniting Church Kindergarten, Corner Rattray and Mountain View Roads, Montmorency, 3094
Phone: Nillumbik 0417 315 687, Banyule 0417 312 348, Whittlesea 0417 311 688

South Eastern Victoria

South Gippsland Shire Council
Locked Bag 4, Leongatha, 3953
Phone: 5662 9205

Latrobe City Council
PO Box 264, Morwell, 3840
Phone: 1300 367 700

Uniting Gippsland
PO Box 1454, Bairnsdale, 3875
Phone: 5152 9600

City of Casey
PO Box 1000, Narre Warren 3805
Phone: 9705 5200

Uniting Connections
274 High Street, Windsor, 3181
Phone: 9521 5666

City of Greater Dandenong
PO Box 200, Dandenong, 3175
Phone: 8571 1814 and 8571 1817

Uniting Connections
PO Box 2964, Cheltenham, 3192
Phone: 9584 4884

Uniting Connections
PO Box 638, Mornington, 3931
Phone: 5977 0423

Cardinia Shire 
TRY Australia
Suite 3, Building 2
88 Ricketts Road
Mount Waverley VIC 3149
Phone: 8545 9500

Baw Baw Shire Council
PO Box 304, Warragul, 3820
Phone: 5624 2540

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