Funding is available for kindergartens to deliver language programs at their services.
Following an expression of interest process, services have now been advised if they will be offered a place in the program. Expressions of interest are not accepted right now.
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About the program
In consultation with your preschool community, your service can choose to take part in one of the following language programs:
- Learn Languages at Kindergarten:
- children will learn in another language for up to three hours per week
- this will be offered across 120 kindergarten services.
- Bilingual Kindergartens:
- children will learn in another language for up to seven and a half hours per week
- 10 kindergarten services will receive funding to transition to this model.
The funding covers:
- costs for pro rata FTE teachers for the Bilingual Kindergarten program and Learn Languages at Kindergarten program. The teacher delivering the language program will be an additional resource above ratio and will not impact existing teachers.
- A number of employment arrangements could apply, e.g.:
kindergartens that have an existing teacher with language skills could receive funding for this teacher to deliver a language program within the service or reach out into other services to deliver a language program
kindergartens may host a teacher to work across a network of kindergartens. If successful, the service will need to recruit a teacher
an auspice organisation, such as an EYM, local government, language organisation or school, may employ a teacher willing to deliver a language program across a number of kindergartens
- professional development for language teachers and educators to facilitate a team approach to language program delivery
- language and teaching resource development
- parent engagement.
Different models will be used to allocate funding. Implementation support will be available once a kindergarten has been selected, including training and support for staff.
Link to the VEYLDF
These language programs have a strong focus on on the learning and development outcomes from the
Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF).
Participating early childhood education and care services will be supported to:
build respectful and supportive relationships with families
collaborate with other organisations and service providers to enhance children’s learning and wellbeing
facilitate access to inclusion and support assistance
- make curriculum decisions that contribute to each child’s learning and development outcomes in relation to their identity, connection with community, wellbeing and confidence as learners and effectiveness as communicators.
Links to the NQS
These language programs will link closely with the NQS. In particular, the program will assist state-funded kindergartens in strengthening their performance in
Quality Area 1 (educational program and practice) and
Quality Area 6 (collaborative partnerships with families and communities).
Information for qualified teachers
If you are a teacher/ educator who speaks another language and would like to teach an early childhood language program, you are encouraged to work with your service to apply for the program.
Degree and diploma qualified early childhood teachers who are native or near native speakers of other languages will be provided with professional development opportunities to support the delivery of a language program.
Degree qualified primary teachers with bilingual teaching qualifications or who are native or near native speakers, will also be supported to deliver an early childhood language program.
Participate in our survey
We are running a
voluntary survey to better understand the current range and level of language skills within the early childhood workforce.
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benefits of learning a language in the early years.
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