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Guideline: Level 1 Funding


Level 1 Funding ($45 per day support)

It is expected that the majority of children will receive this level of funding. A child may be eligible for level 1 funding if they require infrequent support to ensure he or she is engaged at the same level as their peers. This will involve making supplementary adjustments to the environment and teaching strategies, and these may include:

  • the use of key word signing or pictorial symbols
  • setting up language groups in a quiet area with fewer distractions
  • always having at least one or two good language role models in small language groups
  • using peers whose skills are just slightly more advanced to teach and role model social skills
  • providing meaningful opportunities to practise skills
  • providing alternative spaces and experiences for children who require support to regulate their behaviours.

Support may include the employment of additional staff to improve staff/child ratios in the daily activities and routines and provide intermittent support throughout the day. It could include programming for small group experiences to target specific skills. Preschools can seek staff professional learning related to the needs of funded children.

A child receiving this level of funding:

  • may have a moderate to severe language delay in either receptive or expressive language (or both)
  • may have age appropriate or near age appropriate social skills that may be impacted by the language delay
  • may have age appropriate gross motor skills and fine motor skills that are a little behind what is expected for their chronological age
  • may require only verbal reminders to remain on task or complete an activity
  • is toilet trained or toilet timed, and may be able to dress or undress his/her self.

To support an application for level 1 funding, a copy of the most recent and relevant report, assessment or letter that outlines the child’s disability or additional needs from a relevant professional is required. Documentation must be on letterhead and signed by the relevant professional. For electronic documentation, the signature block must include the relevant professional qualification. The report or assessment must be less than 12 months old. 

Relevant professionals are:

  • a General Practitioner (GP)
  • an early childhood teacher or primary teacher with an additional qualification in Special Education not working with the child for whom funding is sought or employed by the preschool the child attends
  • an audiologist, registered psychologist, psychiatrist, speech pathologist, occupational therapist or a professional qualified to administer psychometric assessments.