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It is important to point out that ALL children have a right to attend their local school. There are government schools, independent schools, Catholic schools and specialist schools. Support for children with a disability in government schools is guided by a process of regular planning by the Student Support Group. A similar planning process can be used for independent and Catholic schools. If you choose to enrol your child in two schools, this is known as dual enrolment.
Kindergarten / Early Intervention All children with a disability can benefit from participating in a kindergarten program. A kindergarten program can help your child with social, language, gross motor and fine motor skills. Kindergartens offer a fun range of new activities for your child to explore. Your child must be at least 4 years old to commence kindergarten.

Your child may already be involved with an Early Childhood Intervention Service, services that provide a range of therapies such as speech, physio and occupational therapies along with other family support. It is common for children to attend a kindergarten program and continue early childhood intervention at the same time. ECIS centres accept enrolments from age 0 to 6 years, however you may need to enrol through a central intake service.

For more information contact ECIS Central Intake on 1800 783 783 or click here

Additional information can be found here

Application for Funding for Kindergarten
The State Government through the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and the Commonwealth Government through the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations fund the Kindergarten Inclusion Support (KIS).

Applications for KIS funding need to begin at least, by the middle of the year prior to a child starting at Four Year Old Kindergarten. The applications need to be submitted by mid September to the Regional Advisory Group Convenors.

Applications for funding are made by the Kindergarten Teacher using relevant information about the individual child that is gained from parents and reports from other professionals who have knowledge of the child. It takes some time to gather all this information and then write the application. It is therefore important to make contact with the Kindergarten Teacher as early as possible to allow adequate time for this process. For more information follow the link to the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development website here

These are some suggestions that you may wish to discuss with your child’s Kindergarten Teacher.

• Limiting access to children’s bags that may contain lunch/snack boxes.

• Closer supervision when the child is separated from the class to attend the toilet for example, so that they won’t then gain access to bags and lunch boxes.

• A strict snack routine, eg. Waiting for ALL children to be seated before food is placed on the tables, to reduce extra food consumption, anxiety and temptations.

• Introduction of fruit and vegetable snack time through the Kids, Go For Your Life program. This reduces high fat and high sugar snacks that other parents often give their children for Kinder. • If cooking at Kinder, the teacher and parents need to discuss the various options.

• Use of the Boardmaker Program (picture communication) to help the child to choose and plan activities for the day. This also helps to ensure the child experiences a variety of activities each day and with transitions from one activity to the next.

The PWSA of Victoria Web Site is intended to provide information only - not to diagnose or advocate particular treatment options. The Diagnosis and treatment of Prader-Willi Syndrome should be made through a qualified medical professional. Thus, it is strongly urged that patients do not change treatment without first consulting their doctor. The inclusion of any resource or link in the PWSA of Victoria Web Site does not imply endorsement.