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Links to Support Services for Families

Kindergarten Inclusion Support

Preschools are able to apply for additional support and resources to assist with the inclusion of children with a disability and/or high medical needs. Your child’s Preschool Teacher can provide information about the guidelines for Kindergarten Inclusion Support Packages.

Early Start Kindergarten

The Department of Education and Training (DET) funds eligible services through Early Start Kindergarten initiatives to provide free kindergarten programs for:

  • 3 year old children known to Child Protection (including those referred directly from Child Protection to Child FIRST).
  • 3 year old Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

Early Start Kindergarten is available to eligible three year old children in all licensed children’s services, where a kindergarten program is being planned and delivered by a qualified Preschool Teacher.

Visit Education Victoria's Early Start Kindergarten page for more about Early Start Kindergarten initiatives.

Koorie Early Childhood Education Program

Knox City Council Preschool Services is committed to providing an inclusive educational program for all children and families.

The Koorie Early Childhood Education Program (KECEP) aims to increase and support the participation of Aboriginal children enrolled in kindergarten programs across Victoria. This program supports Aboriginal children and their families to access and participate in kindergartens.

For more information, please download the Koorie Early Childhood Education Program (PDF)

Contact your Preschool Teacher if you would like information about additional support for your child in their preschool year. The Early Years Consultants (EYC) provide a free advisory service for educators and families of children accessing their 4 year old preschool year. EYCs can consult with educators and families in the year before preschool entry.

Preschools are able to apply for additional support and resources to assist with the inclusion of children with a disability and/or high medical needs.

Family and Early Parenting Support

Child FIRST provides a central referral point to a range of community-based family services and other supports.

Child and Family Information, Referral and Support Teams (FIRST)

Raising Children Website

The Raising Children website offers up-to-date, research-based material on more than 800 topics spanning child development, behaviour, health, nutrition and fitness, play and learning, connecting and communicating, school and education, entertainment and technology, sleep and safety.

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