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Remote Kindergarten appropriation

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Pu​rpose

Remote Kindergarten provides children in rural and remote and other selected communities, where there are barriers to accessing kindergarten, the opportunity to attend a face-to-face kindergarten program delivered by a prescribed state school.

Funding paid under this appropriation applies to a calendar year for remote kindergarten schools where kindergarten is delivered by the existing classroom teacher, in a composite or multi-age class setting, with support from a teacher aide. 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 pro​gram

Ongoing

Eligibility

Schools prescribed under Schedule 4 of the Education (General Provisions) Regulation 2017 may be eligible to receive a funding allocation under each of the below categories. All State Delivered Kindergarten schools may receive capability building support at the discretion of the regions.

Allocation of funds – Remote Kindergarten schools

​Purpose
​Amount
​Frequency
​Per 0.5 full-time equivalent (FTE) registration
​$50.25
​Per annum
​Consumables
​$1,000.00
​Per annum
​Equipment grant
​$10,000.00
​One-off (*eligible schools only)
​Teacher 0.54 FTE and additional teacher aide (up to an extra 20 hours)
​Various, based on current salary schedule
​Negotiated with central office
​Inclusion support
​Various
​Negotiated with central office
​Teacher aide allowance (20 hours per week)
​$43,309.00
​Per annum
​Administration time allowance (2 hours per week/casual)
​$4,392.00
​​Per annum

*Eligible schools are those that have been prescribed to deliver kindergarten and have not previously received the one-off equipment grant. This funding allocation is to purchase age-appropriate equipment and resources to establish and be prepared for delivery of a kindergarten program.

OneSchool revenue account 112800 and expense account 207200 are to be used for payment and expenditure of funds under this appropriation.

Teacher aide, inclusion support and the administration allowance are paid on a pro-rata basis if the program is not offered for a full school year.

Where the acceptance of kindergarten registrations exceeds the department's target class size, the school's classroom capacity or service approval requirements, schools may apply—in consultation with their regional office—for an additional 0.54 teacher FTE resource or additional teacher aide hours to establish an extra composite class or an extra kindergarten delivery group. Allowance is paid on a pro-rata basis if the teacher or teacher aide is not required for the full school year.

Allocation of funds – all State Delivered Kindergarten schools

​Purpose​Amount​Frequency
​Capability building​Various​​Negotiated with central or regional office

A contribution towards the costs associated with travel for principals, teachers and teacher aides to attend capability building opportunities may be paid to any State Delivered Kindergarten school as determined by the relevant region or central office.

Payment details

​Payment​During month of​Proportion of allocation paid
​Annual​​March, May, September and November—enrolment determined​100% or pro-rata
​One-off​​In line with monthly payments—enrolment determined​100%
​​Capability building—on attendance​In the next scheduled monthly payment​Negotiated with central or regional office
​Inclusion support payments​In line with monthly payments​​Negotiated with central office

Data requirements

​Data item​Data source​Due date
​Number of kindergarten children registered​OneSchool data extraction​​February (Term 1)
April (Term 2)
August (Term 3)
October (Term 4)

Recoupment policy

Funds are paid on the basis that eligible kindergarten children are registered in OneSchool and attending the kindergarten program. Recoupment may be sought if the payment was made based on incorrect data, in error or where kindergarten children are non-attendees or exit the school resulting in the kindergarten program at the school ceasing part way through the year.

Funds not expended for the purpose allocated may also be recouped. All recoupment scenarios will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

A detailed payment and recoupment policy is available to schools on the State Delivered Kindergarten EdStudio or upon request. Email statedeliveredkindy@qed.qld.gov.au​ for assistance.

Further information

For further information please refer to State Delivered Kindergarten​ or the contact details below.

Contact

State Delivered Kindergarten
Kindergarten Programs, Strategy, Innovation and Programs
Early Childhood and Education Improvement
Telephone: (07) 3513 6688
Email: statedeliveredkindy@qed.qld.gov.au​

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Last updated 08 November 2021