Inclusion Support Programme (ISP)

by Australian Government Department of Education and Training

(Government)

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The ISP promotes inclusive practice in Early Childhood and Child Care (ECCC) services

Project implemented: 1 July 2016

Project goal

Supporting ECCC services to include children with additional needs alongside their typically developing peers

delivering on

why is this project important?

Supporting inclusion of children with additional needs and the work/training choices of parents or carers benefits the Australian community and economy

Key steps to make it happen

1Strategic Inclusion Plan

The SIP is a self-guided inclusion assessment and planning tool that formalizes program support, including funding

2IS Portal

A web-based application, the IS Portal facilitates ECCC services’ interaction with the ISP

3Contract management

The department manages both the IDFM and IA contracts

4The IDF

Four funding streams: Additional Educator; Immediate/Time-Limited Support; Family Day Care Top Up; Innovative Solutions

impact to date

60,000
Face-to-face or online visits to ECCC services by IAs in 2017
26,000
Instances of practical inclusion support for educators in 2017
820
Items of specialist equipment to assist ECCC services to include children with additional needs in 2017

An evaluation of ISP, as part of the new Child Care Package evaluation will be complete by 30 June 2019

In the 2018-19 Budget, the Australian Government committed $550 million over four years to the ISP, which supports ECCC Services via two key elements.

Seven Inclusion Agencies (IAs) across eight states and territories assist ECCC services to build their capacity and capability to provide and embed inclusive practice and address barriers to inclusion experienced by children with additional needs.

  • Inclusion professionals employed by the IAs work with ECCC services to provide practical advice and strategies on effective inclusive practice, including techniques for improvement and solutions to address particular barriers to inclusion.

Where inclusion barriers are identified that cannot be resolved through IA support alone, additional support may be provided via the ISP Inclusion Development Fund (IDF) and/or Specialist Equipment Library.

  • A single national Inclusion Development Fund Manager (IDFM) provides consistent and equitable management of the IDF through assessing applications for funding and communicating outcomes to services.

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