Item uses these practice principles:
Reflective practice, Partnerships with families, High expectations for every child,
Equity and diversity, Respectful relationships and responsive engagement,
Assessment for learning and development, Integrated teaching and learning approaches,
Partnerships with professionals.
Item responds to these sub-outcomes: Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes, Children express ideas and make meaning using a range of media, Children engage with a range of texts and get meaning from these texts, Children begin to understand how symbols and pattern systems work, Children use information and communication technologies to access information, investigate ideas and represent their thinking, Children become strong in their social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing, Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing.
The Department of Education and Training has pre-purchased allied health support from local providers across Victoria. Providers for the 2019 roll-out regions (and local government areas) are:
- Mallee (Buloke Shire, Gannawarra Shire, Mildura Rural City and Swan Hill Rural City): Sunraysia Community Health Services
- Wimmera South West (Horsham Rural City, Hindmarsh Shire, Yarriambiack Shire, West Wimmera Shire and Northern Grampians Shire): Wimmera Health Care Group
- Wimmera South West (Warrnambool City, Moyne Shire, Southern Grampians Shire, Glenelg Shire and Corrangamite Shire): South West Healthcare
- Southern Melbourne (Cardinia City, Casey City and Greater Dandenong City): Monash Health
- Brimbank Melton (City of Brimbank and City of Melton): IPC Health
- Outer Gippsland (Wellington Shire): Central Gippsland Community Health
- Outer Gippsland (East Gippsland Shire): Gippsland Lakes Community Health
- Inner Gippsland (Bass Coast Shire, Baw Baw Shire, Latrobe City and South Gippsland Shire): Latrobe Community Health Service
Using a capability-building approach, a multidisciplinary team of allied health practitioners (which may comprise speech pathologists, psychologists and occupational therapists) work with kindergarten teachers, children and families.
Support is provided through group training, case consultation and other discipline-specific services to enhance and support children's communication, language, social and emotional wellbeing and to support access and inclusion. Allied health staff may attend a kindergarten service as a team or individually, as requested by the service and negotiated as part of the scheduling process. The details of this support, including scheduling, is negotiated between allied health providers and kindergarten service providers.
Allied health staff are required to work in accordance with the VEYLDF.
A portion of a service's school readiness funding may have been allocated to provide this allied health support. This allocation will cover a particular level of service, depending on the kindergarten's total funding allocation, as follows:
- Tier one: 41 sessions per year (total school readiness funding range: $55,843 and above)
- Tier two: 21 sessions per year (total school readiness funding range: $28,602 to $55,842)
- Tier three: 11 sessions per year (total school readiness funding range: $14,982 to $28,601)
- Tier four: three to ten sessions per year, depending on the number a service can purchase with its funding (total school readiness funding range: $5,000 to $14,981).
Services with a total funding allocation below $5,000 will not have access to pre-purchased allied health services but are able to use their school readiness funding to purchase these services independently.
Target population: early childhood educators, children and families.
Program/practice descriptions and details: allied health practitioners work with staff at the kindergarten service to build capability and provide coaching and modelling in order to enhance educators' ability to support children's communication, language, social and emotional wellbeing, and access and inclusion.
Allied health staff will be registered with their relevant professional body and hold a bachelor's degree or higher.
Program adaptability: services should consider the needs of their staff and children and discuss with their allied health provider how they may be best supported.
Staffing: services should consider the cost of backfill if educators are required to engage in the case consultation and training elements of this program.