A spending rule for the free preschool funding program is to prioritise access in accordance with the Start Strong Priority of Access guidelines. This includes children who are at risk of significant harm, from low income families, from Aboriginal families, with a disability and/ or additional needs and children with English language needs. Additionally, the free preschool funding program guidelines advise that any additional funding should focus on improving the quality of the early childhood education program delivered at the service.
These two elements of the free preschool program place importance on service providers to understand their community, and in particular, the impact of vulnerability. This understanding will inform the way services develop and implement quality approaches to best meet the needs of the children they provide priority of access to, and make budgetary decisions around these approaches.
The objective of this webinar is to provide support to community and mobile preschools to transition from the COVID19 additional temporary funding program to the Start Strong Free Preschool program commencing in January 2022.
This 1 hour session will support services to understand:
- The impacts of vulnerability on children, families and communities
- Research data on what impacts children’s development
- Existing practices that focus on equity and create protective factors for children to reduce the impact of vulnerability
- How to use existing community supports to build relationships
- Key practices to reduce vulnerability
Funded Through The NSW Department of Education’s Sector Support Program
Supporting Vulnerable Children: How Preschool Services Create Equitable Programs That Build Community Capacity And Service Quality
This webinar has been funded through the NSW Department of Education’s Sector Support Program.
Date: Tuesday, 14 December 2021
Time: 10.00am - 11.00am
Delivery Method: Webinar