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
This program aims to increase kindergarten participation among vulnerable children by:
maximising the use of Early Start Kindergarten and Pre-Purchased Kindergarten places
collaborating with kindergarten services and support services
providing guidance, practical support and information to parents/carers and case managers about kindergarten provision and benefits
increasing educators' capacity and capability to work with families and children experiencing vulnerability, through coaching and mentoring.
Services in a region are encouraged to 'pool' a portion of their school readiness funding to cover set-up costs. These are about $164,000/year for a region. Please contact ECMS directly to determine the most cost-effective way to access support.
Target population: children known to child protection and family support services who are not attending early childhood services.
Factors to consider: to participate, services must be rated at 'Meeting National Quality Standard' or higher. The program requires the employment of a family violence worker, case manager or social worker located at multiple services. Services should 'pool' school readiness funding to benefit from a collective regional program.
Australian experience: the program was rolled out in the Brimbank Melton area in 2016/17. Set up took three months. It resulted in a 300 per cent increase in the uptake of Early Start Kindergarten places in the region.
Access and inclusion
Strength of Evidence
Level 6 - Supported by expert opinion