At Noah’s Ark our vision is for all children to be valued and included in their local community.
Our Kindergarten Inclusion Support (KIS) service supports the inclusion of children with disability, or complex medical needs, into Kindergarten programmes funded by the Department of Education and Training (DET).
Our KIS team promotes an inclusive environment in Kindergartens; one in which every child is valued for their contribution and strengths. The inclusion of all children can be enhanced by additional resources through the KIS programme, including specialist training and consultancy, minor building alterations and additional staffing.
Noah’s Ark is the agency that coordinates the KIS programme in the North-Western Victoria Region-Rural. The region covers 10 Local Government Areas (LGAs): Buloke Shire, Campaspe Shire, Central Goldfields Shire, Gannawarra Shire, City of Greater Bendigo, Loddon Shire, Macedon Ranges Shire, Rural City of Mildura, Mount Alexander Shire, and Rural City of Swan Hill.
Further information related to the KIS programme can be found in the guidelines and application forms available for download below.
Available supports through the KIS Programme
This programme is designed to enhance the kindergarten’s capacity to support the access and participation of children with a disability or developmental delay and high support needs:
This programme is designed to enhance the kindergarten’s capacity to provide an inclusive programme for children with complex medical needs who do not have disability. These children need a high level of health care support without which they are unable to access a funded kindergarten programme.
DET has also produced a number of clear fact sheets. You can access them here:
- Fact Sheet for families
- Fact Sheet Resources to Support Inclusion
- Fact Sheet Role of a KIS Funded Additional Assistant
- Fact Sheet Role of the Program Support Group
- Fact Sheet Specialist Consultancy
- Fact Sheet Team Approach to Inclusion
There a range of resources to support inclusion available on the DET website.
To find out more about the programme, please contact Michele Totterdell: Michele.Totterdell@noahsarkinc.org.au
Phone: 0433 884 052