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Family & Carers Resources

What is the Preschool Disability Support Program (PDSP)?

The Preschool Disability Support Program (PDSP) supports children with disability or additional needs in NSW community preschools. This replaces the Supporting Children with Additional Needs (SCAN) program, and the Intervention Support Program (ISP) for community preschools. Preschools can use this funding for additional staffing, the purchase of specialised equipment, or training of preschool educators to support the educational inclusion of children with disability at their service. The PDSP funding is offered at three different rates that the preschool will apply for according to the needs of a child.

Is my child eligible?

For your community preschool to get PDSP funding, your child must be at least three years old on 31 July and have one of the following disabilities or additional needs:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder Behaviour
  • Social/emotional disability (severe)
  • Chronic health conditions
  • Developmental delay
  • Intellectual impairment
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Physical impairment
  • Sensory impairment (hearing and vision)
  • Speech/language (moderate and severe)

The additional need might need to be assessed by a preschool teacher, a doctor, or a medical specialist.

What does my child’s preschool have to do to apply for funding?

Preschool staff need to talk with parents and agree on a plan to include their child in the program. Parents may be asked to sign a form acknowledging that this conversation has taken place and give consent to send a child’s details on for assessment. In some cases, parents might need a diagnosis from a medical specialist. 

What can preschools spend the money on?

Preschools must use the PDSP funding to support children with a disability to improve participation in education. Preschools can spend funding on more staff, professional development; specialised advice or support, purchase or hire of special equipment, or minor changes to buildings to help include children with a disability.

Do I get a say in how the money is spent?

Yes. The preschool must include you in discussions to ensure the needs of your child are considered. 

How will I know that the preschool has spent the funding on my child?

The preschool will have to report that they have spent the funding on the child’s educational outcomes. The program manager will also conduct audits to make sure that preschools are following the guidelines.

When does this program start?

Applications will open on October 10th 2016 for the 2017 school year.