Preschool Disability Support Program

The aim of the Preschool Disability Support Program (PDSP) is to improve access to early childhood education for children with disability and support equitable education outcomes for these children in community preschools.

This program was developed following recommendations from 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. Child-focused targeted support for individual children

Child-focused targeted support assists community preschools by supporting individual children to participate in quality early education. Funding is provided to support access to a preschool program for up to 600 hours a year.

The support is application based, with the amount of funding aligned to the child's educational need. There are three levels of funding provided:   

Level 1: $45 per day for children that require moderate help to participate in preschool.

Level 2: $90 per day for children that require considerable assistance to participate in preschool.

Level 3: $120 per day for children that require intensive support to participate in preschool.
 

2. Universal disability loading

The Universal Disability Loading provides funding to all preschools to support the educational inclusion of children with a disability. Preschools do not have to apply for this loading as it is calculated on total enrolments of children eligible for Start Strong funding.

  • Preschools located in metropolitan areas will receive $60 per eligible child per year.
  • Preschools located in regional or remote areas will receive $75 per eligible child per year, in recognition that these children face additional barriers to access.
     

3. PDSP Scholarship Program

The scholarship program 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.

4. Support for preschools

An annual state-wide training program is provided by the PDSP program manager to give information to the preschool sector about eligibility for the program, how to apply for funding and how to best support the learning needs of children with a disability.
 

Program Manager

The Department of Education has appointed Northcott as the PDSP program manager. Northcott will administer the program on behalf of the Department. Northcott is responsible for:

  • managing the application and assessment process for child focused targeted support
  • providing assistance and advice to preschools on supporting children with a disability
  • administering the PDSP Scholarship Program.

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More information from Northcott

The program manager, Northcott, has a PDSP page on its website:

 

You can also contact Northcott by phone on 1800 455 522 or by email on pdsp@northcott.com.au