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Additional support for children

Preschool field officers (PSFOs) help children, including those with additional needs, take part in kindergarten.

About the program

This program supports kindergarten teachers and educators in meeting the needs of all children, including those with additional needs.

Additional needs may include:

  • social skills
  • emotional wellbeing
  • communication skills
  • behavioural issues
  • thinking and movement
  • inclusion and participation
  • kindergarten or school readiness.

Preschool field officers (PSFOs)

Preschool field officers (PSFOs) are specialist early childhood teachers with extra qualifications.

PSFOs support children's individual development needs by:

  • coaching and mentoring educators
  • discussing a child's learning and development with families and caregivers
  • providing support and guidance
  • connecting families with education and support services
  • enabling a collaborative approach between families and educators.
Information for families and caregivers

Discuss your child’s development with their kindergarten teacher.

The teacher can arrange a referral.

Information for teachers and educators

The PSFO program supports kindergarten teachers and educators to gain knowledge, skills and confidence in:

  • providing support for children with additional needs
  • implementing strategies and practices
  • planning for all children in their program
  • individualising practices based on a child's ability, interests and development
  • responding to family concerns about their child's development.

If you are an educator and would like more information, you can contact the preschool field officer team.

Eligibility for support

This is a free advisory service for families and caregivers of children accessing funded kindergarten.

To be eligible, a child must attend a funded kindergarten program including:

  • Council operated services
  • independent services
  • kindergarten delivered within long day care.

Need help?

Contact and we will get back to you.

Or you can also call our Customer Services team on 9298 8000.

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