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 a capacity-building approach, work with kindergarten teachers, parents and families through case consultation, providing group training and other discipline-specific services to enhance and support children's communication, language and social development. Speech pathologists are required to work in accordance with the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework.

    Detailed Costs

    These costs will be determined by the provider that your service chooses to access.

    Implementation Considerations

    Target population: early childhood educators and teachers, children and families.
    Program/practice descriptions and details: speech pathologists should work with staff at the service to provide capacity-building support, coaching and modelling, in order to enhance their skills and knowledge in supporting children's communication and language development.
    Speech pathologists should be registered with Speech Pathology Australia and hold a bachelor's degree or higher. All staff working in early childhood settings are also required to hold a current Working With Children's Check.​
    Program adaptability: services should consider, in consultation with a speech pathologist, what the needs of their staff and children are and how best they may be supported by a speech pathologist.

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

    Strength of Evidence

    Not applicable