Child Focused Targeted Support
Child focused targeted support provides funding to assist community preschools support individual children with disability or additional needs. These children will have moderate to high needs in relation to learning or the support that enables them to participate and engage in the learning environment, and funding will assist in achieving equitable education outcomes. Funding is application based, and applications are managed and assessed by Northcott using these guidelines.
The amount of funding is based on the child’s level of educational need and there are three funding levels. Funding is provided to support access for up to 600 hours per year per child.
Eligible children for child focused targeted support through PDSP
Children with disability or additional needs enrolled in a preschool and aged 3 to school age are eligible for PDSP child focused targeted support. This means that a child will be:
- at least 3 years old on or before 31 July; or
- at least 4 years old on or before 31 July in that preschool year and not yet in compulsory schooling.
A child must be at least three years old on 31 July in the year of funding and have one or more of the following disabilities or additional needs:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Behaviour and social/emotional disability (severe)
- Chronic health conditions
- Development delay
- Intellectual impairment
- Multiple disabilities
- Physical impairment
- Hearing impairment
- Vision impairment
- Speech/language (moderate and severe)
Depending on the needs of the child, child focused targeted support is available at Level 1 funding, Level 2 funding or Level 3 funding.