Early Childhood Services

Did you know? Bicultural Support is a FREE service available to Early Childhood Education services across NSW.

Are you a Family Day Care, Occasional Child Care, Long Day Care or OOSHC? How do you include your CALD, refugee and Aboriginal children and families at your Early Childhood and Child Care Service? Need some Bicultural Support?

If you are a Commonwealth-funded Service, then you can access Bicultural Support through the Inclusion Support Program (ISP) Innovative Solutions Stream.

How can we help you?

  • Settling-in of children into a new service or centre
  • Transition support for children at Early Childhood Services
  • Facilitating dialogue with parents and families who are bilingual/bicultural
  • Assist you in engaging communities in your area as well as at various events like orientation days
  • Training & Professional Development in Cultural Perspectives & Inclusive Practices, Importance of Bilingualism, Cultural Awareness & Competency and Multicultural Perspectives in Children’s Services
  • Development of Culturally Inclusive Resources
  • Translation of important documents for families
  • Much much more… we can also work in partnership with you to assist you with any of your queries about CALD, Aboriginal and Refugee Children and Families

Why you should you choose us to provide Bicultural Support?

  • Our Bicultural Support Program is the oldest and most recognised provider of Bicultural Support in NSW.
  • Our organisation, Ethnic Community Services Co-op, which founded the program is a registered not-for-profit charity.
  • Our workers are paid above Award rates as well as penalty rates, are fully insured, receive superannuation, travel allowance and training and professional development.
  • We advocate for the rights of CALD, Aboriginal and Refugee children and families at all levels of government,  and our recognsied knowledge and expertise has meant we have been invited to contribute to the development of government policies and legislation. 

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. We are experts in the field with over 40 years’ experience.

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 and promote inclusion to the centre, educators and children.

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 and Centre Based Day Care services providing a kindergarten/preschool program. 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

Want to apply? Follow our easy, step-by-step guide below or download the guide here:

  1. SETUP YOUR AUSKEY
  2. CONTACT THE NSW INCLUSION AGENCY – Toll Free: 1800 703 382 or email inclusionagency@includeme.com.au Visit www.idfm.org.au/innovative-solutions
  3. ARRANGE A MEETING WITH A KU INCLUSION PROFESSIONAL – They will arrange a meeting to support you to develop a Service Inclusion Plan (SIP) to identify the need for Bicultural Support.
  4. PREPARE YOUR APPLICATION – You are required to submit a small funding application and Business Plan for up to $10,000 to the Funds Development Manager.
  5. CONTACT MULTICULTURAL CHILDREN’S SERVICES – to discuss your Business Plan and receive a quote to attach to your application and submit to the KU Funds Development Manager.

If your application is successful, you are notified in writing and the funds are deposited into your Service’s account. You can then contact Multicultural Children’s Services to organise the date and times of service. Invoices are sent to you once the Bicultural Support Worker has commenced.

Click here to download the Bicultural Support flyer

Click here to download the Bicultural Support flyer explained in 14 different languages