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Preschool Field Officer program

Preschool Field Officers (PSFOs) provide short-term guidance and coaching to early childhood educators. This support aims to improve the inclusion of children with additional needs.

The PSFO service supports the participation of children with additional needs in kindergarten programs. This includes children enrolled in Four-Year-Old, Three-Year-Old Kindergarten and Early Start Kindergarten.

The Preschool Field Officer program is a targeted and time-limited capacity-building program. All Victorian funded kindergarten programs are eligible to access the PSFO service. 

Funded kindergarten programs are available in a variety of settings. These include children’s centres, long day care centres, community kindergartens, independent schools and some government schools.

PSFOs use a locally responsive approach to assist early childhood educators. This approach includes consultative support, resourcing and practical advice. They also help educators link families to supports and services. These services include child and family supports, or for children with developmental concerns.

Children with additional needs

The PSFO program considers children who present with developmental concerns as potentially requiring additional support. These developmental concerns could include language delays, challenging behaviours or multiple disabilities.

Children with additional needs resulting from trauma are also eligible for PSFO referral.

Some children may receive support from existing programs or providers. Such providers include the NDIS or early childhood intervention continuity of support providers. The PSFO program expects that educators and the child's family will first seek support from these providers.

Early childhood intervention professionals will assist the child to participate in learning experiences. These meaningful learning experiences will be undertaken alongside the child's peers.

The PSFO role

The role of the PSFO is to support, guide and coach early childhood educators. This support assists educators to deliver high quality programs. 

PSFOs work with early childhood educators to provide inclusive programs that meet the needs of all children. 

The program operates within kindergarten programs and does not deliver direct intervention to a child.

Support to educators may include:

  • providing information, resources, strategies, and experiences to inform programming
  • assessing a child's capabilities to assist educators in identifying additional needs
  • supporting educators to respond to a parents' concerns for their child's development
  • planning support to complement the educator's expertise in children's learning and development
  • building professional partnerships and collaborative relationships with educators
  • modelling of specific skills, suggestions, and strategies with educators
  • linking families to referral pathways for child and family supports
  • assisting educators to embed child-specific teaching and learning opportunities into the kindergarten environment.

PSFO addresses by region

South Western Victoria

Gateway Support Services 
12-14 Thompson Rd North Geelong, 3215
Phone: 03 5221 2984

Uniting Wimmera (Wimmera, Southern Mallee) 
PO Box 442, HORSHAM 3402 
Phone: 03 5362 4084 

Pinarc Disability Support 
PO Box 1841, Bakery Hill, 3354 
Phone: 03 5329 1300

Brimbank City Council 
PO Box 70, Sunshine, 3020 
Phone: 03 9249 4210

Melton City Council 
PO Box 21, Melton, 3337 
Phone: 03 9747 5316

Wyndham City Council 
PO Box 197, Werribee, 3030 
Phone: 03 9742 8199

Moonee Valley City Council 
PO Box 126, Moonee Ponds, 3039 
Phone: 03 9243 1052

Uniting Maribyrnong and Melbourne Local Government Areas 

Hobsons Bay City Council 
PO Box 21, Altona, 3018 
Phone: 03 9932 1000

Warrnambool City Council 
PO Box 198 
Warrnambool Victoria 3280 
Phone: 03 5559 4800 

North Eastern Victoria

Knox City Council 
511 Burwood Highway, Wantirna South, 3152 
Phone: 03 9298 8328

Manningham City Council 
699 Doncaster Road, Doncaster, 3108 
Phone: 03 9840 9333

Shire of Yarra Ranges 
PO Box 105, Lilydale, 3140 
Phone: 1300 368 333

City of Monash 
PO Box 1, Glen Waverley, 3150 
Phone: 03 9518 3549

City of Boroondara 
Private Bag 1, Camberwell, 3124 
Phone: 03 9278 4444

Uniting Ringwood (Maroondah and Whitehorse) 

Scope (Victoria) 
PO Box 128, Benalla, 3672 
Phone: 03 5762 7121

Wangaratta Upper Murray Family Care 
PO Box 389, Wangaratta, 3677 
Phone: 03 5720 0000

Wodonga Upper Murray Family Care 
PO Box 725, Wodonga, 3690 
Phone: 02 6055 8000

North Western Victoria

St Lukes Anglicare 
PO Box 315, Bendigo, 3552 
Phone: 03 5440 1100 and 03 5440 111 
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St Lukes Anglicare 
PO Box 137, Kyneton, 3444 
Phone: 03 5422 6052
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St Lukes Anglicare 
PO Box 1147, Echuca, 3564 
Phone: 03 5482 0910
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Mallee Family Care 
PO Box 1870, Mildura, 3502 
Phone: 03 5023 5966

Noah's Ark Murray Early Intervention Service 
64 Pye Street, Swan Hill, 3585 
Phone: 03 5032 2351

Merri-bek City Council 
Locked Bag 10 
Brunswick Victoria 3056 
Phone 03 9240 2314 

City of Yarra 
PO Box 168, Richmond, 3121 
Phone: 03 9205 5441

Darebin City Council 
8a Newcastle Street, Thornbury, 3071 
Phone: 03 8470 8888

City of Hume 
Pascoe Vale Road, Broadmeadows, 3047 
Phone: 03 9205 2537

Uniting Northwest (Nillumbik, Banyule, Whittlesea) 

South Eastern Victoria

South Gippsland Shire Council 
Locked Bag 4, Leongatha, 3953 
Phone: 03 5662 9205

Latrobe City Council 
PO Box 264, Morwell, 3840 
Phone: 1300 367 700

Uniting Gippsland 
Phone: 0429 354 314 

Noah's Ark
Suite 38, Level 2, 68 Victor Crescent Narre Warren VIC 3805
Phone: 1800 819 146
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City of Greater Dandenong 
PO Box 200, Dandenong, 3175 
Phone: 03 8571 1814 and 03 8571 1817

Uniting Bayside and Kingston 

Uniting Frankston and Mornington 

Cardinia Shire 
45 Yazaki Way 
Carrum Downs Victoria 3201 
Phone: 1300 677 275 

Baw Baw Shire Council 
PO Box 304, Warragul, 3820 
Phone: 03 5624 2540

Port Phillip, Stonnington and Glen Eira 

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