KindyLinQ is a targeted program designed to enhance children's wellbeing prior to school and strengthen the capability of families to support their children's learning and development. It provides an opportunity for the host school to forge strong and supportive links between home, early childhood services and the community.
KindyLinQ is a strategy to support a 'soft' entry to kindergarten for families who may not yet have considered enrolling in an approved kindergarten program. It targets children in the year prior to kindergarten.
Funding paid under this appropriation applies to a calendar year (paid in 2 semester payments) to schools implementing the KindyLinQ program to registered children. Funding paid under this appropriation must be used as allocated to meet mandatory program requirements (particularly staffing levels within schools).
Funds cannot be redirected to purposes outside those identified in this appropriation without central office approval.
Duration of program
Locations are selected in consultation with regions and schools using a range of data (spatial modelling), including Australian Early Development Census vulnerability data. In addition, regions also used contextual factors to select schools such as ‘greenfield’ communities.
Critical success factor (used to identify the schools within locations):
- School principals are committed and have capability and capacity to lead the work in their community.
- Placement in communities that are not already over-saturated with family services (that families utilise).
- Capability of principal, teacher and community worker to build relationships that support a partnership approach.
- Flexibility to adapt program location and schedule to meet the needs of families.
- The teacher has the skills and knowledge (or ability to quickly acquire) to embed the principles, practices and outcomes from the Early Years Learning Framework into the KindyLinQ program.
- Commitment to recognising the ongoing role families play in building their children’s capabilities.
Allocation of funds
A total of 40 schools have been identified to participate in this program.
Identified schools that choose to implement the program will be provided the following funding:
|Registered teacher (Band 3.4) 0.3 FTE||$24,591||Per annum|
|Early Years Support Coordinator (A03) 0.3 FTE (Role description Job Evaluation Number 19492)||$27,065||Per annum|
|Holiday pay 30 days (for continuing schools)|
- Registered teacher (Band 3.4) 0.2 FTE
- Early Years Support Coordinator (A03) 0.3 FTE
|One-off Resource Grant (for new school only)||$5,000||One-off|
The most current Human Resources (HR) salary schedule, at the time of payment, will be used to determine the entitlement for the salaries components of this funding.
Schools are required to record all KindyLinQ expenditure (salaries and consumable costs in a school related KindyLinQ cost centre).
|Semester 1||November monthly payment year prior||50%|
|Semester 2||May monthly payment current year||50%|
|Adhoc||In line with the monthly payment||50%|
Adhoc payments will be made where new host schools commence after the semester payment is finalised.
Payments are made in advance, e.g. Semester 1 payment made in November of the prior year and Semester 2 payment made in May current year.
Host schools implementing the program are required to submit program data as requested by regions and Central Office including (but not limited to):
|Commencement data||School registration forms||Term 1, 2023|
Weeks 3, 6 and 9
|Attendance data||School attendance spreadsheets||Last Friday of each term, 2023|
|Data snapshot report||School implementation||Last Friday in Term 2, 2023|
Funding is provided to schools to implement the KindyLinQ program and is paid on the basis that eligible children are registered and attending the program. Where a school has been identified and received funding and not implemented the program in line with the KindyLinQ Return on Investment Thresholds, a recoupment will be made as per the guidance note, recoupment of KindyLinQ resourcing.
Documents are available upon request by emailing
How to apply
There is no application required for this funding. Schools will be identified in consultation with regions and principals. Entitlements will be automatically calculated and paid on a six monthly basis.
For further information, please refer to the
KindyLinQ webpage. Alternatively, please contact the manager for Quality Early Learning.
Quality Early Learning Early Childhood Programs and Innovation
Telephone: (07) 3328 6733