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eKindy and eKindy pods support

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Purpose

Funding is provided to the Brisbane School of Distance Education (Brisbane SDE) to:

  • deliver a distance education kindergarten learning program (eKindy) to children who cannot easily access a centre-based kindergarten program due to distance, a medical condition or itinerant family lifestyle
  • enhance the capability of facilitators to deliver the eKindy program at eKindy pod sites in rural and remote locations
  • improve eKindy pod children’s access to educational resources and consumables to support children’s learning and development.

Duration of program

2020–2021 calendar year

Eligibility

Kindergarten aged children must meet the eligibility criteria specified under Part 1A, Distance education kindergarten learning program under the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006 (EGPA) to access eKindy.

The child must:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident (or the child of an Australian citizen or permanent resident)
  • live at least 16km from the nearest centre-based service catering to kindergarten aged children
  • be unable to attend a centre-based service for more than 10 consecutive weeks due to the child's state of health
  • have an itinerant lifestyle, as defined in the EGPA.

Only children registered in eKindy are eligible to attend an ekindy pod.

Allocation of funds

eKindy funding is based on the following funding formula:

  1. Brisbane SDE school allocative model, category A for Year Level Prep and Years 1 to 3 applied to eKindy at 0.54 FTE rate per registration
  2. ICT subsidy for families of kindergarten children based on the Brisbane SDE ICT subsidy for school children
  3. eKindy pod funding to support professional development of facilitators, pod session planning and purchase of educational resources and consumables to support eKindy program delivery at pods.

Payment details

PaymentDuring month ofProportion of allocation paid

​Semester 1

​January 2021

  1. eKindy registrations (projected)
  2. eKindy pod support (projected)

Semester 2

September ​2021

  1. eKindy registrations (actual Semester 2)
  2. eKindy pod support (approved)
  3. ICT grant Round 1 (actual)
Semester 1 reconciliationSeptember 2021
  1. eKindy registrations (actual Semester 1)
  2. eKindy pod support (approved)
​Semester 2 reconciliation​November 2021
  1. ​eKindy registrations (final Semester 2)
  2. ICT grant Round 2 (actual)

Data requirements

DataSourceTime collected
eKindy and eKindy pod registration dataBrisbane SDEFebruary, May, August and October
​ICT subsidy eligibility​Brisbane SDE​August and October
​Key performance measures and financial accountability reporting​Brisbane SDE​August and October

Recoupment

Forecast eKindy registrations will be reconciled against actual registration data for the 2021 calendar year. Any funding adjustments required will be progressed as part of the September and November ​eKindy payment to Brisbane SDE.

Further information

Brisbane School of Distance Education

Contact

Early Childhood and Education Improvement
Telephone: (07) 3034 4981

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Last updated 01 July 2021