The department is implementing a range of initiatives that relate to the holistic approach of people, programs and places in valuing diversity.
People - communities, families and children value early childhood programs
- Raising community awareness of the benefits of kindergarten
A direct 'Kindy Counts' marketing campaign to raise awareness of the benefits, availability and affordability of early childhood programs among the multicultural community, foster care organisations, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and the community sector in general.
- Promoting opportunities for service delivery in areas of identified needs
Targeted initiatives in priority locations including the:
- Pre-Kindergarten Grants Program which funds service providers to engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and families from non-English speaking backgrounds in activities supporting access to kindergarten. When grants are available, they are published on the Grant funding programs page
- Early Years Centres which increase the access and participation of vulnerable children in kindergarten programs
- Children and Family Centres which provide integrated early childhood education and care, parenting and family support, and child and maternal health services to local communities.
Programs - are culturally rich, inclusive and engaging
- Quality teaching and learning
A strengthened professional learning community and education leadership through:
- cultural competence support and guidance programs including:
- Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority which provides professional development workshops and web-based materials
- the development of an Online Professional Learning Course for kindergarten teachers to build the capacity of educators to identify, support and monitor Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who are learning Standard Australian English as an additional language or dialect
- Foundations for Success - a guideline for extending and enriching learning for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the kindergarten year.
Inclusion support for children with disability includes:
- Disability Inclusion Support for Queensland Kindergartens (DISQK) delivers inclusive programs and practices and supports access and participation of children with an identified or suspected disability in kindergarten programs. When grants are available, they are published on the Grant funding programs page
- Sessional kindergartens may access the Specialised Equipment and Resources for Kindergartens (SERK) program through Inclusion Works! to assist a child with disability to be included in the kindergarten program. For more information visit the Inclusion Works! website or call 1300 497 437.
- Early Years Connect is a professional development package designed to support Queensland early childhood education and care (ECEC) educators working with children with disability and children with complex social, emotional and behavioural needs
- National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will start in Queensland from 1 July 2016 and be fully implemented by 1 July 2019, with around 97,000 Queenslanders eligible to receive support through the scheme. You can read more here
- The Inclusion and Professional Support Program (IPSP) funded by the Australian Government, provides support for the inclusion of children with additional needs in Australian Government-approved early childhood education and care Services. The IPSP aims to remove the barriers to access for children with additional needs through provision of inclusion support. This program will cease on 30 June 2016 and the Inclusion Support Program, also funded by the Australian Government will take effect.
Places - are accessible
- Access to interpreter services through a free Translation Information Service to facilitate kindergarten program enrolment for families with low English proficiency, translated parent information sheets available in 30 languages, and a translate function available on pages in the Kindergarten programs (Families section) of the website
- Creating additional kindergarten places through the Queensland Kindergarten Funding Scheme, providing a distance education kindergarten program, eKindy, and implementing the Remote kindergarten pilot
- Fee subsidies to ensure that families with a Health Care Card, families with multiple births of three or more kindy-aged children, and families in services in remote, very remote and low socio-economic locations have access to kindergarten at low or no cost
- Transport assistance through the Transport Solutions Grant Program which funds organisations to provide transport solutions for children in rural and remote locations and from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, low income and refugee families to access kindergarten. When grants are available, they are published on the Grant funding programs page.
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This page was last reviewed on 11 Jan 2017 at 02:48PM
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