This program is funded by the NSW Department of Education. It is also referred to as the Disability Inclusion Program (DIP) or the Sector Capacity Building Program.

This program will support a range of preschools in the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Central Coast areas.

The program has 3 objectives:

  1. To increase the capacity to include children with additional needs.

  2. Support equitable outcomes for children with additional needs consistent with the EYLF.

  3. Empower and educate preschools to understand the NDIS and how it relates to them.

The program is delivered by Firstchance Specialist Educators with extensive experience in Early Childhood Intervention. The delivery model for the program is as follows:

  • Each preschool is allocated a number of hours per term for a Specialist Educator to support them. This support can come in a range of forms such as: Staff development & training, resource development, observation, modelling of strategies and information gathering.
  • The hours allocated to the preschool per term range from 10-13.
  • These supports can be delivered in many different ways ie; face to face, online, during staff meetings, combined preschool professional development, whatever suits the preschool.