SRF Program

  • Early Childhood Management Services Outreach Family Support (ORFS) Program

    VEYLDF Alignment

    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

    Description

    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.

    Detailed Costs

    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.

    Implementation Considerations

    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.

    Strength of Evidence

    Not applicable