The new Inclusion Support Programme (ISP) commenced on 1 July 2016 replacing the previous Inclusion and Professional Support Program.  The ISP has a focus on building ECCC services’ ability and confidence to include children with additional needs and relying less on ISP funding support. The ISP consists of three key elements:
 
  • Inclusion Agencies (IAs)
    • Each state and territory has an Inclusion Agency contracted to assist eligible services to build their capacity and capability to provide and embed inclusive practice in their delivery of early learning programmes. KU Children’s Services manage the Inclusion Agency in QLD in partnership with Cairns and District Child Care Development Association Inc. See the full list of IA providers in each state and territory.
   
  • The Inclusion Development Fund Manager (IDFM)
ECCC services accessing inclusion support through this programme are making a commitment to building their capacity and capability to ensure inclusion practices are part of their everyday service delivery.

The development of a Strategic Inclusion Plan (SIP) is the first step to accessing support from the Programme, including funding through the IDF.


Developing aStrategic Inclusion Plan

All services receiving support through the Inclusion Support Programme must develop a Strategic Inclusion Plan for their service, in collaboration with their Inclusion Agency.

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About the Inclusion Development Fund

Funding is available for ECCC services to address barriers to inclusion which cannot be resolved by the Inclusion Agency and Specialist Equipment Library.

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About Specialist Equipment

Services funded under the Budget Based Funded Program, such as  flexible/innovative services, mobile child care services and Multifunctional Aboriginal Children's Services, are eligible to apply for ISP funding using a paper based application.

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