Language programs in kindergartens

​​​​​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.

Map of language demographics

Use this map to find cultural and linguistic demographics in your area.

How to use the map

Search by kindergarten or school

Once you have selected a service, you can click on it to view its details. The map lists all state funded kindergartens and government primary schools that offer language programs at prep or foundation level. The map does not include non-government primary schools that may also offer language programs.

The data in the map was accurate at the time of collection as of 2016 and 2017.

Search by suburb/postcode

This will display the kindergartens and schools in the suburb selected. These results can be filtered using the check boxes to only display kindergartens or schools.

You can use this feature to view the services that are near your own. For example, you can select local primary schools to see what language they teach at prep level.

Search by local government area (LGA)

If needed you can find out an LGA by selecting an individual service and viewing the pop up display.

Once you enter an LGA into the map, it will display all kindergartens and services within the LGA.

Use the 'show by LGA' check boxes to view demographic data

When selected, LGAs are shaded green on the map. Click on the green area to display a pop up that lists demographic information. The data is from the 2016 Australian Census and the 2017 Department's kindergarten census.

  • The top languages spoken by four year olds at home gives an indication of the languages that children in your area are already speaking, known as 'mother tongues'. For some LGAs, this information is not available because too few responses were recorded to be statistically relevant, or there was no data for that area.
  • The top countries of birth for people born overseas gives an idea of the demographic in each LGA.
  • The top countries of origin of newly arrived people is from the period between 2011 and 2016.
Browse all of Victoria

The default view of the map shows all state funded kindergartens and primary schools offering a language program at prep or foundation level in Victoria The zoom function can be used to view particular areas and see services across LGA boundaries. You can also use the ‘show by LGA’ check boxes to display all LGAs in Victoria, which you can then select individually to view the demographic information.

About the program

In consultation with your preschool community, your service can choose to take part in one of the following language programs:

    1. 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.
    2. 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.

Funding

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.

More information

Find out more about the benefits of learning a language in the early years.

Contact 

Contact ec.languages@edumail.vic.gov.au for more information.