Item uses these practice principles: Reflective Practice, Partnerships with Families, High Expectations for Every Child, Equity and Diversity, Respectful Relationships & Responsive Engagement, Assessment for Learning and Development, Integrated Teaching and Learning Approaches, Partnerships with Professionals.
Item responds to these sub-outcomes: Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes, Children express ideas and make meaning using a range of media, Children engage with a range of texts and get meaning from these texts, Children begin to understand how symbols and pattern systems work, Children use information and communication technologies to access information, investigate ideas and represent their thinking, Children become strong in their social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing, Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing.
Using a capacity-building approach, a multi-disciplinary team of allied health practitioners (speech pathologists, psychologists, occupational therapists) work with kindergarten teachers, children and families.
Support is provided through case consultation, provision of group training and other discipline specific services to enhance and support children's communication, language, social and emotional wellbeing and support access and inclusion.
Allied Health staff are required to work within the VEYLDF framework.
Separately to this menu item, the Department will be purchasing a multi-disciplinary allied health arrangement for services receiving school readiness funding. Further information on this arrangement will be published on the final version of the 2019 menu.
These costs will be determined by the providers that services choose to access.
Target population: early childhood educators, children and families.
Program/practice descriptions and details: Allied health practitioners should work with staff at the service to provide capacity-building support, coaching and modelling, in order to enhance their skills and knowledge in supporting children's communication, language, social and emotional wellbeing and support access and inclusion.
Allied health staff should be registered with their relevant professional body and hold a bachelor's degree or higher.
Program adaptability: services should consider, in consultation with their allied health team, what the needs of their staff and children are and how best they may be supported by the multidisciplinary team at their service.
Staffing: backfill costs may need to be considered if educators engage in coaching and training elements of this program.