Preschool Disability Support Program
The Preschool Disability Support Program (PDSP) supports the inclusion of children with disability in NSW community preschools.
This new program has been developed following recommendations by the Review of NSW Government Funding for Early Childhood Education by Professor Deborah Brennan. The PDSP replaces the Supporting Children with Additional Needs (SCAN) program and Intervention Support Program (ISP) for community preschools.
The PDSP is made up of four components:
1. Community Preschools apply for funds on behalf of children
Funding is based on applications from preschools for individual children for up to 600 hours per year, based on three daily rates:
Level 3: $120 per day for children that require intensive support to participate in preschool.
Level 2: $90 per day for children that require considerable assistance to participate in preschool.
Level 1: $45 per day for children that require moderate help to participate in preschool.
2. New universal disability loading
New funding for all preschools based on the total number of children included in the Preschool Funding Model.
Metropolitan preschools will receive $60 per eligible child per annum, and rural or remote preschools will receive $75 per eligible child per annum. Preschools will not have to apply for this loading.
3. Program Manager
4. Scholarship program
The scholarship program (which is managed by Northcott) provides funding to support preschool teachers to complete post-graduate study to assist children with additional needs. Up to 20 scholarships are available each year and will cover the full cost of an appropriate Graduate Certificate or Master's program.
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