Access to Early Learning

Access to Early Learning is a family centred program that identifies three-year-old children from families complex needs and supports their participation in quality kindergarten:

  • Support sustained full participation in 15 hours of quality universal 3 year old kindergarten
  • Support parents to strengthen the home learning environment
  • Support parents to address any barriers to their child’s full participation in 3 year old kindergarten
  • Enhance collaboration between families, kindergarten services, educators and other support services
  • Enhance kindergarten services capacity to meet the needs of families with complex needs

How to access this service

Families must be referred by Maternal Child Health, Orange Door, Family Services or a Child Protection  professional and must have a minimum of two of the following characteristics:

  • Known to Child Protection
    • Child or parent with an intellectual or physical disc=ability
    • Family violence
    • Mental health issues
    • Sexual assault
    • Alcohol and drug abuse

For further information please contact aelgeelong@bethany.org.au

FAQ

How old does my child need to be?

A child in the family must be 3 years old by 30th April in the year they are enrolled to attend a 3 year old kindergarten program

Where we offer this service

Geelong region

Why is kindergarten important?

  • Kindergarten helps prepare children for school
    and in life skills
  • At kindergarten children use play to learn about
    language, numbers and patterns. They also lear
    how to get along with others, share, listen and
    manage their emotions
  • Kindergarten teachers help children become
    curious, creative and confident about learning
  • Research shows that two years of kindergarten
    are better than one