SRF Program

  • Occupational therapist (pre-purchased by DET)

    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: Children become strong in their social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing, Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing.


    The Department of Education and Training has pre-purchased allied health support through local providers across Victoria. Providers for the 2019 roll-out regions (and local government areas) are:
    • Mallee (Buloke Shire, Gannawarra Shire, Mildura Rural City and Swan Hill Rural City): Sunraysia Community Health Services
    • Wimmera South West (Horsham Rural City, Hindmarsh Shire, Yarriambiack Shire, West Wimmera Shire and Northern Grampians Shire): Wimmera Health Care Group
    • Wimmera South West (Warrnambool City, Moyne Shire, Southern Grampians Shire, Glenelg Shire and Corrangamite Shire): South West Healthcare
    • Southern Melbourne (Cardinia City, Casey City and Greater Dandenong City): Monash Health
    • Brimbank Melton (City of Brimbank and City of Melton): IPC Health
    • Outer Gippsland (Wellington Shire): Central Gippsland Community Health
    • Outer Gippsland (East Gippsland Shire): Gippsland Lakes Community Health
    • Inner Gippsland (Bass Coast Shire, Baw Baw Shire, Latrobe City and South Gippsland Shire): Latrobe Community Health Service

    Occupational therapists, using a capability-building approach, will work with educators, parents and families through provision of group training, case consultation, and other discipline-specific services to enhance children's social and emotional self-regulation, physical development and sensory processing.

    The details of this support, including scheduling, is negotiated between allied health providers and kindergarten services.

    Occupational therapists are required to work in accordance with the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework.

    Detailed Costs

    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 kindergarten's total funding allocation as follows:

    • Tier one: 41 sessions per year (total school readiness funding range: $55,843 and above)
    • Tier two: 21 sessions per year (total school readiness funding range: $28,602 to $55,842)
    • Tier three: 11 sessions per year (total school readiness funding range: $14,982 to $28,601)
    • Tier four: three to ten sessions per year, depending on the number a service can purchase with its funding (total school readiness funding range: $5,000 to $14,981)

    Services with a total funding allocation below $5,000 will not have access to pre-purchased allied health services but are able to use their school readiness funding to purchase these services independently.

    Implementation Considerations

    Target population: early childhood educators, children and families.

    Program/practice descriptions and details: occupational therapists work with staff at the service to build capability and provide coaching and modelling in order to enhance educators' ability to support children's social and emotional self-regulation, physical development and sensory processing.

    Occupational therapists will be registered with AHPRA.

    Program adaptability: services should consider, in consultation with their occupational therapist, 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.

    Strength of Evidence

    Not applicable