SRF Program

  • Communication Friendly Settings for 3-5 Year Olds

    VEYLDF Alignment

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

    ​Item responds to these sub-outcomes: Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes.


    Communication Friendly Settings is a two part program which develops the knowledge, skills and confidence of kindergarten staff. It aims to change practice so that all children’s communication development is supported during all kindergarten activities.

    In Part One, two kindergarten educators undertake the professional development program: Speech and Language Support for 3-5s (SLS 3-5s). This program is at the level of a Certificate IV course and comprises of 10 online modules delivered over 10 weeks. Learners also receive an e-book supporting the course, which provides practical detailed advice and activities to promote speaking and listening. Successful completion is certified by Elklan.

    Part Two is optional. Educators who have completed the SLS 3-5s professional development program share their knowledge with other staff, action plan, and make and embed change in practice, so that their kindergarten becomes a Communication Friendly Setting. These educators deliver five 1-hour training sessions (Communication Counts) to all kindergarten staff, who then participate in ‘Challenges’ to create a Communication Friendly Setting. Successful learners are certified by Elklan and the kindergarten gains a Communication Friendly Setting status.

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    Detailed Costs

    ​Part One – Speech and Language Support for 3-5s: $637 per participant (incl. GST)

    Includes access to eLearning sessions, eBook and course handbook, 10 live webinars, use of online Learning Log, marking, and certification by Elklan.

    Part Two – Communication Friendly Settings: $1,582 per kindergarten (incl. GST)

    Includes webinars and tutoring/support, manual (hard copy), Learning Log, marking, and certification by Elklan of the setting and two learners.

    Total cost of the program (Parts One and Two), per kindergarten with 2 early childhood educators receiving all direct training: $2,856 (incl. GST)


    Where a kindergarten has fewer than 10 staff, only one early childhood educator will receive the direct training, giving a per-kindergarten price (Parts One and Two) of $1,817.

    Optional hard copy manuals for Part One: $65

    Face-to-face delivery of the program is possible where cohort sizes are 10-15. Additional costs apply.

    Implementation Considerations

    ​Target population: kindergarten educators.

    Program adaptability: Minimum of 10 educators for part one, and 6 educators for part two, are required for program delivery.

    Staffing: services should consider the cost of backfill when determining the cost of accessing this resource. The time commitment is estimated at 40-50 hours for part one, 19.5 hours for the lead communication practitioners for part two, and 6.25 hours for all other kindergarten staff.

    Training requirements: Participants should have minimum 2 years’ experience in working with 3-5 year olds and have previously undertaken study at Certificate IV level.

    Tools and systems: Digital devices are required to access the online course and e-book.

    Priority Area

    Communication (language development)

    Strength of Evidence

    ​Level 3 - Promising research evidence