SRF Program

  • Backfill / additional hours

    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: ​Not applicable


    'Backfill' staffing allows educators to be released from regular duties, or enables services to provide flexibility in work schedules, to enable attendance at training sessions, complete online training, and engage in professional development, coaching, reflective practice activities or consultation.  It may also include educators employed at the service working additional hours outside of their regular contracted hours for the same purpose.

    Educators must be replaced by another educator of the same qualification, whose practice aligns with the VEYLDF.

    Detailed Costs

    Costs are based on hours and type of employment (full-time, part-time or casual) and relevant industrial awards. Kindergarten services should work with their approved provider to determine backfill costs.

    As an example, the average cost for a degree-qualified, mid-range educator is $395 per day (incl. GST).

    Implementation Considerations

    Target population: early childhood educators.

    Priority Area

    Communication, Wellbeing (social and emotional), Access and inclusion

    Strength of Evidence

    Not applicable