SRF Program

  • fka Children's Services Cultural Inclusion Support Packages

    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

    Description

    fka Children's Services advocates for children's cultural and linguistic rights and provides professional development and support to education and care services in the provision of culturally rich environments that reflect a civil society.

    fka can provide packages of cultural inclusion support for kindergarten services, customised to meet individual needs. Within each package, services can decide what level of support they require in consultation with fka Children's Services.

    For all packages an fkaCS Consultant will collaborate with you to create a cultural inclusion strategy using the support mechanisms detailed further below.

    ***COVID-19***

    fkaCS appreciates the current restrictions on delivering onsite, in-program support to Early Childhood Education and Care Services during the current health crisis. During this time fkaCS will continue to deliver a program of support via electronic means. Where onsite, in-program support was intended, fkaCS will work closely with services to develop alternate methods of delivery that will support services to achieve the goals identified in the annual plan.

    Some of the options available are:

    • participating in 'Zoom' video/telephone conferencing to attend facilitated learning, reflective practice and coaching conversations
    • access to Toolkits comprising resources and tools to support your cultural inclusion strategy
    • self-paced learning packages for you to work though with your team.

    If your service has requested community language support (bilingual support), fkaCS is currently developing alternate ways of delivering this support electronically.

    fkaCS can provide support for kindergarten services to engage multilingual families and children in learning at home and support returning to kindergarten. Some of the options available are:

    • curriculum design and resource development for multilingual families to support children learning from home.
    • communication tools to support engaging with multilingual families for example, bilingual support, video conferencing in language and developing connections to local community support.
    • developing social stories to engage in learning.
    • developing strategies to support assessment of children's learning and development whilst learning from home.
    • transitioning back to kindergarten processes and plans.

    To discuss options further please contact fkaCS on 94284471 or via culturalinclusion@fka.org.au

    Package one includes:

    • assessment of need conducted in collaboration with a service
    • coaching and mentoring visits and/or whole of team facilitated learning/coaching
    • fkaCS recommendations for further learning
    • tips and tools to support a cultural inclusion strategy

    (three-hours backfill/non-contact time recommended)

    Package two includes all of the above plus:

    • in-program observation and mentoring visits
    • onsite language support visit

    (six-hours backfill/non-contact time recommended)

    Package three includes all of the above plus:

    • a cultural inclusion audit (this support mechanism includes an audit conducted by fkaCS, an internal audit completed by staff and fkaCS presentation of recommendations)

    (nine-hours backfill/non-contact time recommended)

    Package four includes all of the above plus:

    • policy and procedure review

    (nine-hours backfill/non-contact time recommended)

    Customised packages can also include a combination of the following activities and/or supports:

    • professional learning
    • onsite pedagogy and practice support
    • review of policies and procedures
    • online training (currently in development)
    • home language onsite visits
    • facilitation of connections to local solutions and service providers
    • Tips and tools to support a cultural inclusion strategy.

    For access to the fkaCS Multicultural Resource Centre Library: please see the menu item "fkaCS Library of Bilingual Books".

    Detailed Costs

    Support packages:

    • Package one - $1375 (incl. GST)
    • Package two - $2750 (incl. GST)
    • Package three - $4125 (incl. GST)
    • Package four - $5500 (incl. GST)

    Services that do not wish to purchase a package outlined above should contact fkaCS to discuss costs for different levels of support.

    Implementation Considerations

    Target population: children, parent/carers and educators in kindergarten settings who require support in the areas of cultural competency, inclusion and maintaining home language.
     
    Staffing: services should consider the cost of backfill when determining the cost of accessing the training and consultancy elements of this resource.

    Strength of Evidence

    Level 6 - Supported by expert opinion