Good news is in store for Kindergarten Managers and Early Childhood Educators in Victoria! A brand-new $58.1 million School Readiness Funding program is being rolled out this year. Find out how you can help your kindergarten or long day care centre make the most of this new initiative.
About the School Readiness Funding Initiative
The Victorian Government recognised the need for extra support in kindergartens to help children who enter school already at an educational disadvantage. Jenny Mikakos, former Minister for Early Childhood Education, has expressed concern that children who start kindergarten already behind in terms of their developmental needs, typically remain behind as their schooling progresses.
All funded kindergarten programs in Victoria (including long day care) will be eligible for a share of this funding. In 2019, kindergartens in 25 local government areas, as well as all kindergarten services run by Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs), will receive school readiness funding. By 2021, the program will be fully rolled out to include all areas of Victoria.
The amount of funding each kindergarten program will receive is based on the educational disadvantage levels of its students. This is measured by parental education and occupation, as this has been found to be an accurate predictor of the educational disadvantage in children. Victorian Schools will be required to continue collecting this information from parents to ensure accurate allocation of funding.
School Readiness Funding Menu
Each program is required to submit an annual plan for use of the funds in order to receive them. To assist with this process, the Victoria State Government has created a School Readiness Funding Menu, to give educators a look at which evidence-based programs and supports they can elect to spend this extra funding on.
The three priority areas of focus are access and inclusion, communication (language development), and wellbeing (social and emotional).
All funded kindergarten and long day care services must submit their plans to DET between 31st October and 30th November.
Get Ready Conference 2019
Reading through the online School Readiness Funding menu is an excellent start, but it can be time-consuming to research each menu item and potentially a bit confusing.
Get Ready 2019, is a one-day Early Childhood conference specifically focused on the niche topic of School Readiness Funding. Conference attendees have the advantage of being able to get most (if not all!) of their research and planning done in only one day!
The conference will include a keynote address by Kirsten Liljegren of The Reggio Emilia Australia Information Exchange, a Q&A panel discussion with Early Childhood industry experts, and 5 professional development workshops for educators to attend and upskill.
The conference will also feature an exhibition of a wide variety of services, programs, and products from the School Readiness Funding menu. All early years professionals, including Educators, Program Managers, and Allied Health professionals, will have the unique opportunity to make face-to-face contact with service providers and get their questions answered.
The conference will also include a number of in-depth Early Childhood Education workshops, facilitated by bestchance’s own professionals in the field. The lineup will also include a specialized Strategic Planning for School Readiness Funding workshop.
If your head is already spinning at the thought of writing School Readiness Funding plan, you won’t want to miss the Get Ready Conference.
Interested in Attending Get Ready 2019?
Get Ready 2019 will be held on Friday, 23rd August, 2019, at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Center.
Early bird tickets go on sale 4th February, 2019. All tickets include morning tea and lunch.
To purchase tickets or for more information about the conference, please visit our website: GetReadyConference.com – and don’t forget to check back for updates as the conference draws closer!
For any other inquiries, or if you would like to sponsor or exhibit at this event, please contact Sam D’Rosario by emailing email@example.com