Banyule Community Health is proud to have been selected to deliver a major program on behalf of the Department of Education and Training – the School Readiness Funding (SRF) Program for Kindergartens in the LGAs of Banyule, Darebin, Nillumbik and Yarra for 2021-23.
The SRF is intended to improve outcomes for children in a service by building the knowledge and skills of educators and families to implement strategies that address a range of children’s needs. The support provided to kindergartens is delivered through coaching, modelling, group training, case consultation and other discipline specific services.
The SRF addresses three the priority areas of child development:
- Communication (language development)
- Wellbeing (social and emotional)
- Access and inclusion.
Banyule Community Health CEO, Mick Geary said
“We are delighted to be undertaking this vital work. The School Readiness Program is a crucial resource for health services and kindergartens to work collaboratively to ensure every child gets the best support to meet their developmental needs. Banyule Community Health is truly looking forward to establishing this program in the north east with our local kindergartens”.
Banyule Community Health will be commencing the program with 50 kindergartens in 2021 and will be working in collaboration with each service to deliver a tailored plan of services over the course of the year. The program will continue for a further two years until the end of 2023.
Banyule Community Health’s team of highly qualified practitioners have a wealth of knowledge and experience in working collaboratively with educators and families to build on existing skills and improve outcomes for children.
Banyule Community Health’s multi-disciplinary team will be delivering session-based services with each kindergarten, which will include:
- Speech pathology – helping educators work with children with mild to moderate difficulties in speech, language, play, socialising, learning and stuttering.
- Child psychology – helping educators work with children to strengthen social and emotional wellbeing with supporting self-regulation and positive and pro-social behaviours
- Paediatric Occupational Therapy – helping educators work with children to develop skills in the areas of self-care, play, confidence, self-esteem, social skills and schooling. Paediatric occupational therapists can help children who have issues with learning improve their coordination, organisation and planning abilities. They can help parents and teachers to have a better understanding of their children’s capabilities.
The Banyule Community Health practitioners will be working on-site at each kindergarten, but in the event of COVID-19 restrictions returning, services will be delivered through an online platform.
For further information on the SRF program or to discuss any specific kindergarten queries, please contact Julie Wiltshire, Team Leader – Child Health, on 9450 2030 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org