Access to Early Learning
The Access to Early Learning (AEL) program is an effective and targeted early intervention program funded by the Department of Education and Training (DET) that enables children aged three years from families with complex needs to fully participate in quality, universal early education.
AEL supports three year old children to attend a free or low-cost kindergarten program run by qualified teachers for 15 hours per week. This can be in a stand-alone kindergarten, or in kindergarten programs delivered in long day care centres.
The AEL Practitioner will work with parents to select a high quality and accessible local kindergarten program for their child, and support the parents and their child throughout the year to attend kindergarten. This may include visiting kindergartens or orientation days with the parent, supporting the child’s enrolment in kindergarten, and/or working with the parent to address any barriers to their child’s participation in kindergarten.
The AEL Practitioner will support parents by:
- identifying and supporting children and families’ access to 15 hours of high-quality kindergarten,
- working with families to address any barriers that may prevent their child attending or participating in kindergarten,
- visiting the family in the home to help create an environment of learning through in-home learning interventions,
- work with the parent to improve their understanding of their child’s learning and development, and increasing the parent’s confidence and ability to respond to their child’s needs,
- assisting with the child’s transition to a free or low-cost four-year-old kindergarten program,
- providing referrals or linking parents with any other support services the parent or child may need.
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