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 2022, 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

Our Working with Vulnerable Children: Professional Development Packages and Family Information Workshops will be available for face-to-face delivery in the above-mentioned regions, as well as online via Zoom, Victoria wide.

School Readiness Funding supports government-funded kindergartens to improve children’s outcomes in communication, social and emotional wellbeing, and access and inclusion.  

Bethany Community Support is an approved School Readiness provider, so we can deliver specialist programs to kindergarten providers in Victoria.  

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 working with vulnerable children:

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.  

Each training package includes theory, case examples and practical strategies to enhance educator skills.  

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 for individual service sessions is six participants

* Public sessions will be arranged for those with less than six participants per module
* Each workshop is 3 hours in duration, dependent on group numbers and participation levels * Workshops can be delivered online via ZOOM
* 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

For module availability and session times please see term dates below:

Term 3 dates

Term 4 dates

Download the booking form

Download the online brochure

Access the School Readiness Funding Menu – Working with Vulnerable Children  
Access the School Readiness Funding Menu

When families, early childhood services, schools and communities work together, the ‘whole child’ is supported to reach their full learning potential.

Along with the professional development packages designed for kindergarten educators, in 2022 Bethany Community Support have also developed workshops designed for families of the children attending 4 y/o programs. These workshops are designed to encourage a holistic approach and promote collaboration between families and educators, as well as assisting to ease family anxieties on transitioning into school.

Bethany’s Family Information Workshops include:

Program cost:
$450 per workshop plus GST
* Sessions can be offered of an evening
* Each workshop is 1.5 hours in duration

* Workshops can be delivered online via ZOOM
* Workshop content can be modified to meet the needs of particular kindergartens

For more information or to apply for the Family Information Sessions contact us on:
Ph: 03 5278 8122
Email: schoolreadiness@bethany.org.au

Download the booking form

Download the online brochure

All professional development modules and information sessions require payment in full at least 3 business days prior to delivery. Cancellations or session changes will require a minimum 5 business days’ notice, non-attendance without notice will still incur the cost. Attempts will be made to reschedule were possible, please contact schoolreadiness@bethany.org.au or 52 788 122.