SRF Program

  • Linking Schools and Early Years

    VEYLDF Alignment

    ​Item uses these practice principles: Reflective practice, Partnerships with families, High expectations for every child, Respectful relationships and responsive engagement, Equity and diversity, Integrated teaching and learning approaches, Partnerships with professionals.

    ​Item responds to these sub-outcomes: Not applicable.


    ​Linking Schools and Early Years (LSEY) is a community partnership approach that enables communities to develop stronger linkages and partnerships between schools, early years services, families and the community.

    The workshop delivered as part of the project explores the importance of a community partnership approach to provide a continuum of learning and support for children and their families throughout the early years. By working together, in a community partnership approach, communities can create learning environments and opportunities that are responsive to individual children and their families.

    Detailed Costs

    ​Half-day (3 hour) workshop: $200/person or $5057/workshop(maximum 25 participants)

    Full-day workshop: $320/person or $8060/workshop (maximum 25 participants)

    Implementation Considerations

    ​Target population: educators and other professionals involved in a ‘placebased’ approach. Services are encouraged to include parents, volunteers and others in their groups, to hear about and include their experience as co-designers or coproducers of service programs and practices.

    Staffing: services should consider the cost of backfill in determining the cost of accessing this resource.

    Program adaptability: facilitators can modify the workshop content to meet the needs of participants and the community. Contact the provider for details.

    Training requirements: completion of the Working in Partnership workshop is encouraged but not essential. Minimum of eight and maximum of 25 participants for workshops.Services may wish to ‘pool’ funding with other services to meet minimum numbers.

    Supervision/coaching: the provider offers mentoring and implementation packages with the workshop. Contact the provider for details.

    Australian experience: The program has been trialled in three Victorian communities. See the website for further details.

    Strength of Evidence

    ​Level 6 – Supported by expert opinion