SRF Program

  • Speech Pathologist (arranged by services independently)

    VEYLDF Alignment

    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.


    Speech pathologists, using an approach that builds on existing skills and knowledge, work with kindergarten teachers, parents and families through case consultation, group training and other discipline-specific services to enhance and support children's communication, language and social development.

    Detailed Costs

    Variable according to provider.

    Implementation Considerations

    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.

    Speech pathologists should be registered with Speech Pathology Australia, hold a Bachelor's degree or higher and work in accordance with the VEYLDF.

    Program adaptability: services should consider, in consultation with a speech pathologist, the needs of their staff and children, and how best they may be supported by a speech pathologist.

    Staffing: backfill costs may need to be considered in relation to the training, coaching and case work elements of this service.

    Priority Area


    Strength of Evidence

    Professional services