What is the Koorie Pre-School Assistant (KPSA) program?
The KPSA program aims to support the Wathaurong community with accessing and participating in local kindergarten services. The KPSA also supports the broader Kindergarten community with ensuring their services are culturally safe for families and their children.
Who is eligible?
Families with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged three or four years, or who may be turning three or four years old.
Kindergarten programs who have Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander families accessing their service and would like further support with ensuring a culturally safe environment for families.
The Koorie Preschool Assistant (KPSA):
- advocates for families
- liaises with health and welfare agencies to support outcomes for children
- supports community members with kindergarten enrolments
- maintains working relationships with educational services
- liaises with early childhood educators and professionals
- provides ongoing support to families so that they can access and participate in mainstream kindergarten programs
- ensures cultural connection, safety, and wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
What to expect
If you’re a community member with a child who is eligible for kindergarten, the KPSA can support you with finding a suitable kindergarten service and with enrolling into a kindergarten program.
Once your child is attending kindergarten, the KPSA can support the kindergarten service to ensure community feels welcomed and safe in a culturally safe environment. If you have any issues of concern that you are feeling about the experience, the KPSA can also liaise with the service on your behalf.
For kindergarten services, the KPSA can support you with providing a culturally safe and supportive environment through ongoing liaising, attending staff meetings and information sharing and providing ideas on how to support families.