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

    The early years are recognised as the foundation years for children’s development. In particular, the first six years are crucial for young children in developing their language and identity. Secure and trusting relationships between children, families and early childhood professionals, are essential for children to feel valued and accepted.

    fka Children's Services (fkaCS) 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.

    fkaCS support is directly aligned with the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF) and the National Quality Standards, and is underpinned by the United Nations Convention of the rights of the child.

    Programs are designed to support kindergartens develop and embed a cultural inclusion strategy to ensure their pedagogy and practice respects multiple ways of being and understanding and children are supported in learning English as an additional language.

    fkaCS will work with each kindergarten service or group of services to develop an agreed program of support that may include:

    • cultural inclusion action planning to identify the unintended barriers for children's and family's active participation in education and care services;
    • the provision of a worker who speaks a community language (this support can be delivered onsite with children, or online with key educators to support embedding home languages in the learning environment, or support educators in their understanding of children's bilingual identities)
    • culturally responsive curriculum and practice program design and implementation
    • support in developing communication and engagement tools and strategies
    • online or onsite individual or group coaching and mentoring
    • group or self-paced professional facilitated learning opportunities.

    ***COVID-19***

    All fkaCS programs of support can be delivered onsite or online. Where a program of support has been designed for onsite delivery, fkaCS will re-design the deliverables to occur online and they will meet the intended goals and outcomes agreed to by the service and fkaCS.  

    Some examples of online support are:

    • participating in 'Zoom/Teams' 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 through with your team.
    • Online Community Language Support (teaching team)

    fkaCS offers four 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.

    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.
     
    The provider recommends the following as the minimum backfill requirements per participant to engage in Cultural Inclusion Support:
    • Package one - 3 hours
    • Package two - 6 hours
    • Package three - 9 hours
    • Package four - 12 hours

    Services may wish to consider adding additional backfill hours to support the implementation of their learning into their program and practice.

    fkaCS is available and encourage kindergarten services to discuss their needs for support and backfill and the planning stage of their SRF annual plan.

    Priority Area

    Access and inclusion

    Strength of Evidence

    Level 6 - Supported by expert opinion