Guideline: Level 2 Funding
Level 2 Funding ($90 per day support)
A child may be eligible for level 2 funding if he/she requires frequent support to participate in a preschool, engage at the same level as his/her peers and remain safe.
Supporting the child’s meaningful participation will involve making substantial adjustments to the environment and teaching strategies. In addition to the adjustments used to support children funded at level 1 the following may also be used:
- the use of key word signing or pictorial symbols and or assistive technology
- the use of frequent teacher directed individualised support such as hand over hand guidance to complete an activity
- giving instructions one step at a time and providing physical and visual guidance or verbal prompts to support understanding
- a high level of direct support including physical guidance to promote positive behaviour with peers
- providing alternative spaces and experiences for children who require support to regulate their behaviours and who may have sensory processing issues
- direct supervision and assistance with toileting.
Support may include the employment of additional staff to improve staff/child ratios to closely monitor a child’s development. Adults will provide one to one support to teach new skills, and promote the development and generalisation of these skills. It may include the purchase of specialised equipment or advice to enhance educational outcomes.
A child receiving this level of funding:
- may have a severe language delay in either receptive or expressive language (or both), may use jargon, may involuntarily repeat sounds or words that they hear from others
- may have social skills that are not age appropriate, may be aggressive to peers, have poor emotional regulation
- may engage in parallel or solitary play and may be self-directed and prefer own agenda
- will require verbal and physical support to remain on task
- may not be aware of danger and may require high levels of supervision to remain safe
- may not be toilet trained, can undress self, but needs help with dressing
- may have difficulties transitioning between activities and need adult support.
To receive level 2 support, a child must have a written diagnosis and/or developmental assessment from a relevant specialist. The report or assessment must be less than 12 months old.
The following professionals may make a diagnosis for specific disabilities:
- intellectual disability: paediatrician, registered psychologist, school counsellor or other professionals qualified to administer psychometric assessments
- hearing impairment: relevant medical specialist or audiologist supported by a report from Australian Hearing
- vision impairment: ophthalmologist. Diagnosis may also be supported by a report from Vision Australia or the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC). Diagnosis by an orthoptist or optometrist will not be considered
- severe language: relevant medical specialist or speech pathologist
- physical disability: relevant medical specialist or paediatrician. Diagnosis by a physiotherapist or occupational therapist will not be considered
- severe behaviour and severe social/emotional disability: specialist psychologist, psychiatrist or paediatrician
- multiple disabilities: paediatrician or relevant medical specialist
- developmental delay: paediatrician, registered psychologist, school counsellor or other professionals qualified to administer psychometric assessments.