SRF Program

  • Additional educators

    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, 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.

    Description

    High-quality additional educators (preferably degree-trained) can be employed to improve the level of educational practice or increase the number of hours that an educational program is delivered to children. Additional educators are required to work within the VEYLDF framework.

    Detailed Costs

    High (>$2,000 per person/item)
     
    Costs are based on the kindergarten's relevant award and the time fraction that a staff member is employed. On-cost provision should be allowed for.
     
    The following early childhood teacher rates are provided as a guide only:  
    Level 3 annual salary: $79,000-$104,000
    Level 2 annual salary: $69,000-$77,000
    Level 1 annual salary: $62,000-$64,000 

    Implementation Considerations

    Target population: children enrolled in the kindergarten program.
     
    Program / practice descriptions and details: additional educators can be employed in a kindergarten to increase the ratio of educators to children, or to increase the number of hours of the kindergarten program.
     
    Staffing: additional trained educators who will be required to work within the VEYLDF framework.
     
    Factors to consider: consider the quality of the educational program being implemented in the service. If the educational program rating is Working Towards National Quality Standard, services may choose to use the additional educator to boost quality before planning to increase the number of hours the program is delivered to children.

    Strength of Evidence

    Not applicable