Kindergarten Inclusion Support (KIS) Specialised Equipment Program (SEP)

Specialised equipment is available for kindergarten services to borrow. The program aims to improve the inclusion of children with significant disabilities.

As inclusion supports related to educational settings are excluded from NDIS funding, this specialised equipment trial will ensure supports are available for children with significant disabilities to access a funded kindergarten program and achieve positive learning outcomes.

KIS SEP enables the greater inclusion of children with significant disabilities in a Victorian Government funded kindergarten program, alongside their typically developing peers, so that all children can achieve positive learning outcomes.

Specialised equipment under KIS SEP is available for loan, at no cost, to Victorian Government funded kindergarten programs to support children with significant disabilities.

KIS SEP

KIS SEP enables greater inclusion of children with significant disabilities to participate in a Victorian Government funded kindergarten program, so that all children can access, participate and achieve positive learning outcomes as defined in the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework.

The program will loan specialised equipment to funded kindergarten services across Victoria to support and facilitate the inclusion of children with significant disabilities.

The program covers the 2024, 2025, 2026 and 2027 kindergartens years.

Specialised equipment will be available for loan, at no cost, to funded kindergarten services.

Accessing the KIS SEP

A child with a disability as defined by the Disability Act 2006, attending a Victorian Government funded kindergarten program.

Confirmation of the child’s disability diagnosis must be attached with the application.

All Victorian Government funded kindergarten can submit a loan request application if prescribed by the child’s therapist.

An application can be made at any time during the kindergarten year.

The authorised person of a kindergarten service is responsible for completing and submitting the application in partnership with the child’s therapist (occupational therapist/ physiotherapist) and parent, guardian or carer.

Specialised equipment must be prescribed by the child’s therapist (physiotherapist or occupational therapist)

The child’s physiotherapist or occupational therapist must prescribe the specialised equipment to be used by the child. It is also the responsibility of the prescribing therapist to support the set up and fitting of the equipment. The prescribing therapist will also be responsible for on-site training of staff in the correct use of the equipment provided.

As inclusion supports related to educational settings are excluded from NDIS funding, the child’s kindergarten service can apply for KIS SEP to ensure supports are available for the child to access a Victorian Government funded kindergarten program and achieve positive learning outcomes.

If more than one child with a significant disability is attending a funded kindergarten group, an individual application must be submitted for each child.

Equipment available from KIS SEP may include (but is not limited to) standing frames to allow a child with high physical needs to participate in activities in a kindergarten program and change tables, toilet seats or steps, potty chairs, mobile stools, hoists, slings, harnesses and seating or posture aids.

Specialised equipment not available from SEP includes (but is not limited to) equipment provided under the NDIS, therapeutic equipment (for example, hearing aids and therapist tables), equipment that the kindergarten service would reasonably be expected to supply as part of the provision of a quality early learning environment, equipment that the parent or carer would reasonably be expected to supply for their child (for example, wheelchairs, walking frames and body suits), equipment for which there are hygiene issues (for example, padded cots), specialist inclusion toys such as switch and sensory toys and communication cards or charts, and Auslan dictionaries to enable the child and educators to communicate effectively.

The parent, guardian or carer must consent for the specialised equipment to be used by the child.

Yooralla administers KIS SEP on behalf of the Department of Education.

The administering organisation is responsible for all aspects of KIS SEP including assessments of applications and provision of specialised equipment.

The completed loan request application and supporting documentation are to be submitted by email to: KISSpecialistEquipment@yooralla.com.au

Applications will be assessed within a two-week period of the submission date. Applications lodged in late December or at the beginning of the New Year the notification timeline may require some adjustment to accommodate the Christmas/New Year holiday period.

Administering the KIS SEP

Pending availability and the return of the signed loan agreement, the specialised equipment item will be sent by courier to the kindergarten service within one calendar month from notification of outcome.

The loan agreement sets out the terms and conditions associated with borrowing the specialised equipment.

If a child transfers to another funded kindergarten service, the original kindergarten service is required to advise: * The new kindergarten service that the child has received specialised equipment * Yooralla so that arrangements can be made for the transfer of the specialised equipment to the new kindergarten service.

Yooralla is responsible for the maintenance of the specialised equipment. During the loan period, the kindergarten service is expected to keep the equipment in good condition and ensure that the equipment is used for its intended purposes and fit for use.

The kindergarten service informs Yooralla who arranges for the return of the equipment.

A kindergarten service may request an appeal of decisions regarding eligibility. Appeals will be conducted only based on new or additional relevant information, which may not have been available or provided at the time of the application.

Appeals can be lodged with the Department of Education at: Kindergarten.Inclusion.Support@education.vic.gov.au with Appeal KIS SEP Loan Request in the subject of the email.

For more information contact Yooralla on 03 5990 9672 or email KISSpecialistEquipment@yooralla.com.au

More information

Guidelines, information and loan request application kit

These guidelines have been developed for Victorian Government funded kindergarten services, parents, guardians, carers and the child's therapist to explain the purpose of KIS SEP and guide them through the loan request application process.

Application forms

The authorised person of the kindergarten service is responsible for completing and submitting this form along with relevant supporting documentation to the administering organisation.

Frequently asked questions about KIS SEP

There are a range of resources available to support kindergarten services to implement an inclusive program.

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