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Access to Early Learning (AEL) is an initiative of the Department of Education and Training (DET).

The program is designed to support families with complex needs to enable their three year old child to access and participate in a Universal Kindergarten program (a three or four year old kindergarten program taught by a Bachelor degree qualified teacher).

Children identified for participation in AEL must have at least two or more of the following family characteristics:
  • known to Child Protection
  • intellectual or physical disability
  • family violence
  • mental health issues
  • sexual assault
  • alcohol and drug abuse
There may be other factors; such as homelessness, young parenthood and social isolation, which are considered in combination with the above characteristics.

AEL was developed to:
  • improve access to quality early education and care for vulnerable children
  • improve learning and development outcomes for vulnerable children
  • improve functioning of families and thereby reduce the likelihood of them becoming a client of tertiary services
  • support early childhood education and care services to offer quality, inclusive programs and environments that have the capacity to engage all families, including vulnerable families
  • support early childhood professionals and educators to develop the skills and knowledge to respond to the needs of all children and families, including vulnerable children and families
  • improve service coordination and collaboration across the early childhood, family support and child protection sectors.
For a copy of the AEL brochure, click here.

For a copy of the AEL referral form, click here.

Tony Vinson Centre

94 Lemon Avenue, Mildura, VIC 3500
P: 03 5021 7480
F: 03 5021 4455
E: chances4children@malleefamilycare.com.au

This program is supported by the Victorian Government.