What is Koori preschool assistant program?
This program aims to help you to get your kids attending kindergarten and help make the kindergarten environment culturally suitable for your child.
Last year we supported
Koori kinder kids across 26 different kindergartens
Who is eligible?
Families with Aboriginal children aged three and four years.
The Koori Preschool Assistant Program:
- advocates for families and their preschool
- liaises with health and welfare agencies
- collects data to improve services
- maintains working relationships with educational services
- liaises with kindergarten staff about developing culturally inclusive environments
- provides ongoing support to families so that they can access and participate in mainstream kindergarten programs
- participates in Wathaurong Kids Club
- ensures cultural connection, safety and wellbeing for Aboriginal children
- organises Supplementary Recurrent Assistance (SRA) project meetings to determine how funds can be used to support inclusivity for families and children in kindergarten, including:
- kindergarten transition day
- kinder back packs
- Koori art in kindergartens
What to expect
We will work with you to reduce or eliminate barriers to having your children attend kindergarten. This might include transport and confidence issues, as well as deeper problems such as alcohol and other drugs, domestic violence and other barriers.
Once your child is attending kindergarten, we will work with the kindergarten to ensure that the schooling is culturally supportive in both lessons and environment, and we will address any issues of concern that you are feeling about the experience.
The cultural inclusiveness we aim to achieve includes cultural talks and Aboriginal dancing, storytelling and painting of murals with all kinder children and staff.