Would your child benefit from a Bicultural Support Worker?
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Would your child benefit from a Bicultural Support Worker?

“Children thrive when families and educators work together in partnership to support young children’s learning.” – Early Years Learning Framework, Government of Australia 2009

If your child is from a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD), Aboriginal or Refugee background, Bicultural Support can provide time limited support to your child’s education and care services to assist with:

  • settling-in
  • transition and routine
  • home language maintenance
  • language development and communication assistance
  • facilitate cultural awareness
  • support your child’s educators with their programming
  • school readiness and transition to school
  • provide resources and linkages
Download a Bicultural Support flyer translated into 14 languages.

How does Bicultural Support work?

Multicultural Children’s Services has an established pool of over 300 Bicultural Support Workers and Consultants who are all qualified and trained in Children Services, that represent over 110 different cultures and languages, including Indigenous languages.

A Bicultural Support Worker who speaks your language can work 1:1 with your child in the education and care service, as well as provide culturally-appropriate activities – such as music, storytelling, art and cooking – for all the children at that service, to support the inclusion of your child as well as their cultural and linguistic needs.

How can I encourage my child’s service to access Bicultural Support?

Early Childhood Services can request a Bicultural Support Worker to support your child at their Childcare Centre, Long Daycare, Before and After School Care or Preschool. Depending on the eligibility of your child’s service, funding for Bicultural Support Workers can be accessed through the Inclusion Support Programme or through a Fee-For-Service arrangement.

Talk to your service about the available options or encourage them to call Multicultural Children’s Services on (02) 9569 1288 or via email biculturalsupport@ecsc.org.au

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