Preschool field officers
All funded kindergarten programs can use preschool field officers. They help kindergarten teachers improve their skills and confidence to meet the needs of children with additional needs.
Preschool field officers are early childhood teachers with experience in delivering high quality inclusive kindergarten programs.
They work with kindergarten teachers, not one on one with your child. Their role includes:
- helping the teacher identify your child's learning needs
- supporting the teacher to provide an inclusive kindergarten program.
For more information about the preschool field officer service speak to your kindergarten teacher.
Inclusion support at kindergarten
Kindergartens can get extra support to help them meet the needs of your child with additional needs. This is called the Kindergarten Inclusion Support Program.
If your child has a disability, developmental delay or complex medical need, the first step is to contact your kindergarten teacher. They’ll set up a
program support group which includes your family and kindergarten staff. This is to help everyone understand your child’s needs and plan for their inclusion.
The kindergarten can apply for Kindergarten Inclusion Support if:
- the program support group decides the kindergarten needs extra help to meet the needs of your child
- the kindergarten program is funded by the Department of Education and Training.
How Kindergarten Inclusion Support works
The Kindergarten Inclusion Support program may provide kindergartens with:
- specialist training for teachers to meet the individual needs of the children with disabilities or complex medical needs
- specialist advice on inclusive learning programs
- minor building modifications
- extra assistants to work with the teacher to support all children in the program. They’re not provided for individual children.
Applying for Kindergarten Inclusion Support
Kindergartens apply to the Regional Advisory Group in their area for Kindergarten Inclusion Support. The Regional Advisory Group assess the application and decide the level and type of support to be provided to the kindergarten. They give their decision to the kindergarten within four weeks of getting the application.
The kindergarten then works with the program support group to provide the support.
The resources allocated to the kindergarten will be used to support the kindergarten to respond to the needs of all children in the group.
If you’re unhappy with our decision
Talk to the kindergarten first. If you still have concerns, contact the kindergarten management in writing. Or, contact your
closest Department office.
More information about kindergarten support
Your kindergarten teacher should be able to answer any questions. You can also read the
Kindergarten Inclusion Support guidelines given to kindergartens.