Innovative Solutions Funding

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What is it?

Innovative Solutions Funding can assist eligible early childhood education and care (ECEC) services to develop staff capacity to support the inclusion of children, overcome barriers to inclusion and embed inclusive practices.

 

Who can apply for funding?

Eligible services are those services that have been approved for the provision of the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) and include:

  • Centre-Based Day Care including Long Day Care and Occasional Care

  • Outside School Hours Care including before, after and vacation care

  • Family Day Care

 

How can Growing Futures help?

One barrier to inclusion is trauma. Children who have experienced trauma can have multiple barriers to inclusion and staff working with these children can struggle to provide appropriate support. ​

Growing Futures can work with you and your Inclusion Professional to develop a specialised capacity building project for your team. This quote can then be used in an application for funding.

Contact us today to discuss how we can assist.

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Case Example

A childcare centre contacted Growing Futures to develop a plan to support staff to build capacity around responding to trauma. They had identified that they had a number of children in their care who had experienced complex trauma (including family violence and abuse) and were displaying challenging behaviours that were impacting on both their engagement with learning and their ability to form friendships. The centre director also identified that she had concerns that staff may be experiencing vicarious trauma.

Growing Futures provided a quote that included

  • General training for all staff in recognising and responding to trauma in the classroom-to build capacity of the whole team to support the children as they move through the centre

  • A self-care workshop where staff had the opportunity to reflect on the impact of working with children who had experienced trauma

  • A meeting with the staff who were working directly with the child to discuss their particular challenges and strategies (parental consent was sought to discuss the child openly)

  • A review session with the whole team to discuss implementation of strategies at the 2 and 4 month mark.

The centre then included the quote in their Strategic Inclusion Plan, which they worked on with their local Inclusion Agency.