Item uses these practice principles: Partnerships with families, High expectations for every child, Respectful relationships and responsive engagement, Equity and diversity, Partnerships with professionals.
Item responds to these sub-outcomes: Not applicable
The aim of this program is to increase kindergarten participation for children experiencing vulnerability.
This is achieved by:
- maximising the use of Early Start Kindergarten and Pre-Purchased Kindergarten Places
- collaborating with kindergarten and other support services
- to provide guidance, practical support and information to families and case managers regarding kindergarten provision and benefit
- increasing educators' capacity and capability in working with families and children who are experiencing vulnerability through coaching and mentoring.
To set this program up to service a region, which would require aggregating some portion of school readiness funds from all services in that region, the cost is approximately $164,300 per annum.
Please contact ECMS directly to determine how you might access this model for your service and the most cost effective way to do so.
Target population: children at risk who are known to child protection and family support services and are not attending early childhood services.
Factors to consider: to participate in this program, a service needs to be rated at a minimum of 'Meeting National Quality Standard'.
This program requires the employment of a family violence/case manager/social worker located across multiple services. It would require services in a local area to pool their school readiness funding to mutually benefit from a collective ‘regional’ program.
Australian experience: this program was rolled out in Brimbank and Melton in 2016/17. The program took three months to set up and was rolled out for a full 12 months. This led to a 300% increase in the uptake of Early Start Kindergarten places in this region.