New Inclusion Support Programme3 August 2016
The Inclusion Support Programme (ISP) commenced on 1 July 2016, replacing the Inclusion and Professional Support Programme (IPSP) which ended on 30 June 2016.
The ISP provides support to mainstream early childhood and child care (ECCC) services to build their capacity and capability to include children with additional needs alongside their typically developing peers.
The ISP includes three key elements:
• Inclusion Agencies (IAs) in each state and territory are contracted to assist eligible services build their capacity and capability to provide and embed inclusive practice in their delivery of early learning and care programs. One IA is contracted to service New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.
• The Inclusion Development Fund (IDF) which provides funding to assist eligible services to address a barrier to inclusion that cannot be addressed by the support provided by an IA. There are four types of funding streams which each have different eligibility criteria, application processes and approved funding purposes which are outlined in the ISP Guidelines available on the Department's website at www.education.gov.au/isp.
• Inclusion Development Fund Manager (IDFM) – a single national IDFM is contracted to provide nationally consistent and equitable management of the IDF through assessing applications for funding and communicating outcomes to services.