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Pre-School

Pre-School Is a special time for children and parents alike. It provides valuable interaction with peers for children and provides parents with a wealth of parenting networks, both with other families, educators and greater access to advice on services for children.

There is planning to take into account if your child requires adaptations such as ramps, rails or equipment and discuss these with your choice of day care facility.

Remember to talk about how your child will join in in activities and where possible have a training session with staff on your child’s needs. Set up a plan together, such as a Negotiated Education Plan – which is  adetailed plan for how services are to be provided to a student with special needs in a government school or preschool, developed by the school with parents and others who support the child. But a lot of private schools offer similar plans.

You can also discuss Pre-School with clinicians to help prepare your child for the transition.

Below are some links full of information on where to get support and help though to discussing funding support and information on transitioning your child from home to preschool or

Links

Children with Disability Australia: www.cda.org.au

Early childhood Intervention Australia: www.ecia-nsw.org.au/abouteci/what-supports-are-available-to-children-with-disabilities-andor-developmental-delays

Early Childhood Australia: www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au/our-publications/australasian-journal-early-childhood/ajec-archive/2006-issues/ajec-vol-31-1-march-2006/

Nichy: nichcy.org/schoolage/preschoolers

Disability Discrimination Act: www.ddaedustandards.info/

Ideas for special education pre/primary: www.do2learn.com/

Learning Links: www.learninglinks.org.au/

Lifestart: www.lifestart.org.au

House with no Steps: www.hwns.com.au/Disability-services/Services-for-children?gclid=CjwKEAjwre6dBRC94d-Gma7g3wcSJACNatZe_IDhIUbwO48tzuBO3Od1_dau7t3BE97WXQUVZyXAPhoCglbw_wcB

Australian Government: www.mychild.gov.au/sites/mychildand education.gov.au/inclusion-and-professional-support-program

Care for Kids: www.careforkids.com.au/articlesv2/article.asp?ID=65

NSW

Department of Education and Community (DEC) : www.dec.nsw.gov.au/what-we-offer/regulation-and-accreditation/early-childhood-education-care/funding/community-preschool-funding/preschool-disability-support-program

Raising Children Network: raisingchildren.net.au/state_pages/nsw_child_care_disability.html

NSW Government: www.adhc.nsw.gov.au/

Child Services Central: www.cscentral.org.au/

Family Day care Australia: www.familydaycareaustralia.com.au/index.php/main/Find%20Child%20Care#M38

VIC

Raising Children Network: raisingchildren.net.au/state_pages/vic_child_care_disability.html

Department of Human Services VIC:www.dhs.vic.gov.au/for-individuals/disability/start-here/access-to-disability-supports

Department of Education and Early childhood development: www.education.vic.gov.au/childhood/parents/Pages/default.aspx

Inclusion Now: www.inclusionnow.org.au/

Association for Disabled Children: www.acd.org.au/information/content/KTS/kindergarten_inclusion_tip_sheets.pdf

Education VIC: www.education.vic.gov.au/Documents/childhood/professionals/learning/trkpart2.pdf

Noahs Ark: www.noahsarkinc.org.au/

ECMS – Family day Care Providers VIC: www.ecms.org.au/family-day-care-provider-melbourne

QLD

Raising Children Network QLD: raisingchildren.net.au/state_pages/qld_child_care_disability.html

Communities QLD: www.communities.qld.gov.au/disability/support-and-services

Family Day Care Australia: www.familydaycareaustralia.com.au/index.php/main/Find%20Child%20Care#M38

Queensland Government – Education: education.qld.gov.au/schools/about/district.html

Queensland Government – Early Childhood Education and Care: deta.qld.gov.au/earlychildhood/service/kindy-every-child.html

Centa Care Child Services QLD: www.centacarebrisbane.net.au/content.php/child-care

Department of social services: www.dss.gov.au/our-responsibilities/disability-and-carers/program-services/for-people-with-disability/better-start-for-children-with-disability-initiative

Carers QLD: carersqld.asn.au/wp-content/uploads/Service-Provider-List-18Jun13.pdf

TAS

Raising Children TAS: raisingchildren.net.au/state_pages/tas_child_care_disability.html

Kidspot: www.kidspot.com.au/schoolzone//Learning-Special-needs-Support-services-for-children-with-special-needs+4773+421+article.htm

Department of Social Services TAS: www.dss.gov.au/our-responsibilities/disability-and-carers/program-services/for-people-with-disability/better-start-for-children-with-disability-initiative

Department of Human Services TAS: www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/service_information/disability/disability_services

Hobart Council: www.hobartcity.com.au/Hobart/Living_in_Hobart/Child_Care_Centres

PSC TAS: www.psctas.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/links.pdf

Education TAS: www.education.tas.gov.au/school/health/ disabilities

SA

Government of SA: www.decd.sa.gov.au/childrensservices/files/links/link_63032.pdf and www.decd.sa.gov.au/speced/files/links/DECS_PAP_Guidelines_final.pdf and www.decd.sa.gov.au/speced/pages/specialneeds/statespecialist

Health SA: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/Public+Content/SA+Health+Internet/

Special Education Resources Unit: web.seru.sa.edu.au/

Novita Children’s Services: www.novita.org.au/content.aspx?p=102

Novita OT flyer: - www.novita.org.au/library/Flyer-OT_in_pre-schools.pdf

Carers SA: carers-sa.asn.au/

WA

Disability WA: www.disability.wa.gov.au

Down Syndrome WA: dsawa.asn.au/library-resources-and-links/education-packs/earlychildhood-daycareandpreschool.html

Department of Education WA: det.wa.edu.au/ssen/detcms/portal/

Health Direct: www.healthdirect.gov.au/

People with disability WA: www.pwdwa.org/

Care for Kids: www.careforkids.com.au/articlesv2/article.asp?id=65

Education WA: www.education.wa.edu.au/home/detcms/portal/

Child Australia: www.childaustralia.org.au/

NT

Disability Advocacy Service Inc : www.das.org.au/

Education NT: www.education.nt.gov.au/parents-community/students-learning/special-education-disability

Health NT: www.health.nt.gov.au/

Early Childhood NT: www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au/state-territory-branches/nt/

Education NT: www.education.nt.gov.au/grants and www.education.nt.gov.au/grants/funding/general/sas

NT Government Departement of Children and families: childrenandfamilies.nt.gov.au/Families/

Other resources:

A Happy Start to School for Kids with Special Needs:

Starting 'Big school' this week is an exciting time for children with special needs. A fact sheet from the NSW Department of Education and Communities offers practical tips for parents of special needs school starters.

  • Parents play an important role in ensuring their child has a successful start to school.
  • Most families of a child with additional needs begin planning the transition to school well before their child starts school.
  • In the months leading up to school entry, families are encouraged to meet with school staff.
  • Identify key words that will help your child express their needs.·Use photos to help your child become familiar with the school environment as well as routines. 

 

See more at

www.schoolatoz.nsw.edu.au/wellbeing/development/a-happy-start-to-school-for-kids-with-special-needs

(Source: Kids First ezine – 21 January 2014)