2018-03-24 5:51:32

Kindergarten Cultural Inclusion

The Department of Education and Training (the Department) contracts FKA Children’s Services (fkaCS) to support children and families of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds attending state-funded Victorian kindergarten programs to best engage with the educational program.

The Department has recently broadened the way it provides support to kindergartens to ensure it responds to the unique circumstances of each service and targets CALD children and families with the highest needs.

The purpose of the program is to provide a broad range of support to Victorian early childhood education and care services to support children and their families from CALD backgrounds to engage in the educational program.

Eligible state-funded Victorian kindergarten services can apply for support by completing an application and submitting it to fkaCS.

fkaCS will work with your service in developing an approach that meets your needs and may include:

  • Professional development and learning 
  • Access to resources 
  • Cultural capacity building, curriculum and English as an Additional Language (EAL) support and advice – offered by phone, email and/or referral to in-service professional development
  • Onsite Language Support with a Bilingual Worker (subject to eligibility)

The priority for onsite Language Support will be given to: 

  • Refugee/humanitarian entrants 
  • Children who are eligible for the kindergarten fee subsidy (KFS) or early start kindergarten (ESK)
  • Children of parents/carers who speak limited or no English 
  • Kindergartens that do not have access to staff who speak the child’s language, either from within the service or from the early years management service, local government or other community service 
  • Services who have limited experience teaching children from non-English speaking backgrounds

Note: Applications do not need to meet all of the criteria to be eligible for onsite Language Support as part of the Cultural Inclusion Support Program. Applications will be prioritised where services are ineligible for the Australian Government’s Inclusion Support Programme

To access support

  • State-funded Victorian kindergartens seeking assistance must complete this application form
  • Please enter 'Cultural Inclusion Support Application' in the subject line of your email, attach the completed application and send to biculturalsupport@fka.org.au

We can support you to complete your application. Please do not hesitate to contact fkaCS on 03 9428 4471 or email biculturalsupport@fka.org.au


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