Who else is involved in the Inclusion and Professional Support Program?

The aim of the Inclusion and Professional Support Program (IPSP) is to promote and maintain high quality care and inclusion for all children in eligible ECEC services, by increasing the skill level of educators, service staff and management in line with nationally consistent priorities.

IPSP Grant Recipients are required to deliver IPSP activities in an integrated and collaborative way to support the needs of ECEC services within specific regions.

The IPSP comprises two main types of support – Inclusion support and professional support


Inclusion and Professional Support Program (IPSP)

IPSP

Figure 2: Inclusion and Professional Support Program Stakeholders


Professional Development

Professional Support Coordinator (PSC)
www.pscq.org.au
Phone: 1800 112 585 (Toll free)

PSC is a project of the Health and Community Service Workforce Council. The PSC coordinate professional development in Queensland by:

  • delivering and/or facilitating professional development to eligible ECEC services;
  • driving continuous improvement;
  • support services to meet the National Quality Standards, self-assessment and development of Quality Improvement Plans;
  • assist services to understand and implement the Early Years Learning Framework and the Framework for School Age Care;
  • managing specialist service providers who provide direct support, professional development and resources to ECEC services;
  • prepare and support ECEC educators for their changing roles under the National Quality Framework, and enhance their knowledge and skills on existing new areas of practice; and
  • support the inclusion of children from diverse backgrounds, including indigenous children, children with disability and children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Support

Indigenous Professional Support Unit (IPSU)
www.ipsu.com.au
Phone: 1800 110 869 (Toll free)

IPSU facilitate professional development and other support to assist Indigenous focused Budget Based Funded (BBF) services and their managing bodies to provide high quality education and care environments. IPSU also provide advice to other IPSP Grant Recipients on culturally appropriate support and resources to assist mainstream services to include and support Indigenous children and educators.


Specialist Equipment

Noah’s Ark Specialist Equipment
www.noahsark.net.au
Phone: 1300 497 437 then follow the prompt

Noah’s Ark Specialist Equipment is contracted by IPSP to provide equipment for loan to ECEC services (excluding In Home Care)to assist the inclusion of a child who has demonstrated ongoing high support needs in an ECEC environment.

Noah’s Ark Resource Library
www.noahsark.net.au
Phone: 1300 497 437 then follow the prompt

The Noah's Ark Resource Library funded by the IPSP provides resources for loan to child care services building on their capacity to provide quality inclusive childcare. The Resource Library will provide up-to-date information and resources on child care practice, research findings and assist in meeting the inclusion and professional support needs of eligible child care services. General resources are provided on loan to eligible child care services and include in-service training materials, fact sheets, journals, textbooks and professional literature, as well as other resources that support quality programs such as books, literature, resources that support cultural inclusion and bilingual education for child care educators and children.

The resources are freely available on a website managed by the PSC Alliance.


Bicultural Support

Multicultural Development Association
www.mdainc.org.au
Phone: 1800 112 585 (Toll free)

Bicultural Support: Multicultural Development Association (MDA) is contracted by PSC to support ECEC services to confidently embrace the diversity of families and communities by building their capacity to provide inclusive services. They provide consultancy, professional development, telephone interpreting and hands-on support of bicultural workers to early childhood services working with CALD families.


 

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