Whitehorse City Council

Children With Additional Needs

The Inclusion Support Program (ISP) is a federal government program aimed at assisting eligible childcare services to include children with additional needs, including: 

  • Children from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds including refugee children and Australian South Sea Islander children
  • Children with ongoing high support needs including children with a disability
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children

Inclusion Support Agencies

Inclusion Support Agencies (ISA) employ and manage a network of specialist workers, known as Inclusion Support Facilitators, to work directly with eligible childcare services. These facilitators help childcare services to build their skills and capacity to include children with additional needs. Eligible childcare services are:

  • Australian Government Approved childcare services, including both private and community centre based Long Day Care
    Outside school hours care including vacation care
  • Family day care
  • Occasional care
  • In-home care  

Inclusion Support Facilitators (ISFs)

Inclusion Support Facilitators are predominantly specialists in inclusive support practice. They work directly with childcare services to support staff in a variety of ways, such as:

  • Facilitating active participation of all children
  • Providing direct support and consultation around inclusive practices such as program planning; establishment of Assisted Inclusion Readiness Plans (AIR Plans) and Service Support Plans (SSP)
  • Assisting children’s services staff to identify their training needs
  • Assisting services to link with relevant community groups, services and organisations
  • Accessing funding through the Inclusion Support Subsidy or Flexible Support Funding (FSF).

For further information, please contact Council's Inclusion Support Facilitators on 9872 3246 or 9873 3951.