Our School Readiness Programs

At Bethany Community Support, we know that getting ready for school is an important milestone in a child’s life and it requires a strong foundation to start this journey for lifelong learning.

To help support this process, Bethany will be delivering two programs as a School Readiness provider in 2021, we have listed these below. Our services will be available in kindergarten settings across these regions;

•         Borough of Queenscliff

•         Colac Otway Shire

•         Golden Plains Shire

•         Greater Geelong City

•         Surf Coast Shire

•         Warrnambool City

•         Wyndham

School Readiness Funding is designed to ensure all children, regardless of their background and social vulnerability, and can reach their full potential and arrive at school ready to learn and thrive.

As a kindergarten you are able to use your School Readiness funding to purchase the Bethany programs (Connect Up) & (Working With Vulnerable Children Professional Development) on the School Readiness Funding Menu to enhance your kindergarten program and better support children’s learning and development.

For more information about our programs contact us on:
Ph: 03 5278 8122
Email: schoolreadiness@bethany.org.au

Bethany has developed an early intervention program – Connect Up (CU) based in kindergartens to identify and support under resourced and isolated families with young children (2-6 years).

The program is designed to work with educators to assist families to reduce their vulnerabilities, thus improving children’s development through supporting their wellbeing, access and inclusion into kindergartens. The program champions collaborative partnerships and respectful relationships to build the capacity of educators to impact the lives of families attending their kindergartens positively, to provide direct support to parents and ultimately improve the educational and growth outcomes for children.

CU Workers are co-located into local kindergartens to provide an accessible and integrated support service for families whilst in a familiar and safe environment.

As part of the School Readiness Program, CU is available to be implemented in kindergartens for a minimum of two terms (time fraction to be negotiated with kindergarten).

Indicative program cost:
$28,015.90 plus GST includes a Connect Up Worker for two terms, 2 days per week – 30 business day service provision. Please contact Bethany for further information regarding the program cost and service delivery components that can be tailored for you. 

For more information including a personalised kindergarten quote or to apply for the Connect Up program contact us on:
Ph: 03 5278 8122
Email: schoolreadiness@bethany.org.au
School Readiness Funding Menu: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/childhood/providers/funding/Pages/program.aspx?queryid=164 
Download our online brochure here 

Bethany has developed a range of early childhood professional development packages designed for kindergarten educators. The packages aim to strengthen and further develop the understanding and professional practice of educators to better support children who have experienced challenges, trauma and adversity. 

Bethany’s Early Years Professional Development Packages include:

Managing Anxiety in Children for Educators  
Trauma-Informed Practice for Educators
Building Resilience in Children for Educators

Each training package is theory informed with a particular emphasis on educator skill development, the use of relevant case examples to enhance the learning process and the provision of practical strategies for educators. 

All packages are designed to support educators to build resilience, promote recovery and optimise educational outcomes for all children, regardless of their background and social vulnerability, so that they can reach their full potential and arrive at school ready to learn and thrive.

Program cost:
$195 per person per program plus GST
* Minimum number of participants is three
* Each workshop is 3 hours in duration
* Workshop content can be modified to meet the needs of particular kindergartens/educators 

For more information or to apply for the Working With Vulnerable Children – Professional Development Packages contact us on:
Ph: 03 5278 8122
Email: schoolreadiness@bethany.org.au
School Readiness Funding Menu: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/childhood/providers/funding/Pages/program.aspx?queryid=180 
Download our online brochure here