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.
The Department of Education and Training has pre-purchased allied health support from local providers across Victoria. Providers for 2023 (by local government area) are:
Mallee (Shires of Buloke and Gannawarra, Cities of Mildura and Swan Hill): Sunraysia Community Health Services
Wimmera South West (City of Horsham, Shires of Hindmarsh, Northern Grampians, West Wimmera, and Yarriambiack): Grampians Health
Wimmera South West (City of Warrnambool, Shire of Corangamite, Glenelg, Moyne and Southern Grampians): South West Health Care
Southern Melbourne (Cities of Casey and Greater Dandenong, Shire of Cardinia): Monash Health
Brimbank Melton (Cities of Brimbank and Melton): IPC Health
Outer Gippsland (Wellington Shire) - to be determined
Outer Gippsland (Shire of East Gippsland): Gippsland Lakes Community Health
Inner Gippsland (City of Latrobe, Shires of Bass Coast, Baw Baw and South Gippsland): Latrobe Community Health Service
Goulburn (City of Greater Shepparton, Shires of Mitchell Moira, Murrindindi and Strathbogie): Merri Health
Hume (City of Hume): DPV Health
Moreland (City of Merri Bek): Merri Health
Central Highlands (City of Ballarat, Shires of Ararat, Golden Plains, Hepburn, Moorabool and Pyrenees): Ballarat Community Health
Loddon Campaspe (City of Greater Bendigo, Shires of Campaspe, Central Goldfields, Loddon, Macedon Ranges, and Mount Alexander): Sunbury Cobaw Community Health (Consortia)
Ovens Murray (Cities of Benalla, Wangaratta and Wodonga, Shires of Alpine, Indigo, Mansfield, Towong): Merri Health
Barwon (City of Greater Geelong, Shires of Colac Otway, Surf Coast, Borough of Queenscliffe): Barwon Health
Western Melbourne (Cities of Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong, Moonee Valley and Wyndham): Cohealth
North East Melbourne (Cities of Banyule, Darebin and Yarra, Shire of Nilumbik): Banyule Community Health
North East Melbourne (City of Whittlesea): DPV Health
Outer Eastern Melbourne (Cities of Knox and Maroondah, Shire of Yarra Ranges): EACH
Inner Eastern Melbourne (Cities of Boroondara, Manningham, Monash and Whitehorse): Healthability (Nillumbik Community Health Service as Lead Agency) in partnership with Access Health & Community
Bayside Peninsula (Cities of Bayside, Glen Eira, Kingston, Port Phillip and Stonnington): Star Health Group
Bayside Peninsula (City of Frankston and Mornington Peninsula Shire): Peninsula Health
Speech pathologists, using an approach that builds on existing skills and knowledge, work with kindergarten teachers, parents and families through provision of group training, case consultation and other discipline-specific services to enhance and support children's communication, language and social development.
Speech pathologists procured by the Department will be Hanen-trained, or will be provided with training in the Hanen approach to coaching and modelling.
Details of this support, including scheduling, will be negotiated between allied health providers and kindergarten services.
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 service's total funding allocation.
Services with a total funding allocation below $5000 will not have access to pre-purchased allied health services but can use their school readiness funding to purchase these services independently.
Target population: early childhood educators, children and families.
Program/practice descriptions and details: speech pathologists provide support to
educators that builds on existing skills and
knowledge, including coaching and modelling, in order to enhance
their confidence in supporting children's communication and language development.
Program adaptability: services should consider, in consultation with their speech pathologist, the needs of their staff and children, and how best they may be 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.