If your School Readiness Funding plan has not been submitted yet, it’s not too late — the Department has extended the deadline for these until 7 December 2020.
Browsing the menu to find the right option for your service can be overwhelming — there are so many fantastic programs available. To ensure you get the most from your funding allocation, carefully consider the areas you feel your service needs the most help in improving to support school readiness. All programs on offer via the School Readiness Funding Menu are selected because they have been proven to support the three priority focus areas to effectively prepare children for school. These are:
- Communication (language development)
- Wellbeing (social and emotional)
- Access and inclusion
When you head to the SRF Menu website, scroll down to see options to filter the menu based on your preferences or specific needs. One such option is to select one of the priority areas to explore the programs that best meet your needs. There are, however, programs available on the menu, including our Bonkers Beat Music Program, which covers all three areas, giving you well-rounded support to ensure your children are school ready and confident to make the transition.
The process of submitting your SRF plan is relatively simple. It should be completed via KIMS (the Kindergarten Information Management System). You can find a quick reference guide that gives you step by step instructions to enter your SRF plan here. Following this, check out this guide to review and approve your SRF plan.
The Bonkers Beat program supports your entire kindergarten community, from educators to children to families and the community more broadly. Our approach is proven to improve Quality Areas 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 of the National Quality Standard, improve occupancy and keep everyone engaged and inspired. You can learn more about the Bonkers Beat Music and Wellbeing programs here. Our programs are also available in a range of formats for centres Australia-wide outside of the School Readiness Funding initiative.
For more information about funding for other states and territories, take a look at our recent blog.
Services eligible for School Readiness Funding, don’t put it off any longer — jump in and submit your plan so you can embed meaningful and rewarding school readiness approaches into your centre’s program!