Access to Early Learning

Access to Early Learning (AEL) is an early intervention program for three-year-old children from families with complex needs. It aims to make sure that three-year-old children that meet AEL eligibility criteria get the full benefits of attending a quality kindergarten program.

Access to this program is via professional referral only, eligibility criteria applies.

For more information or to refer please contact the Access to Early Learning Facilitator

Ph: 9747 5739
ael@melton.vic.gov.au

AEL program flyer(PDF, 157KB)

What is Access to Early Learning?

Access to Early Learning (AEL) is an early intervention program for three-year-old children from families with complex needs. It aims to make sure that three-year-old children that meet AEL eligibility criteria get the full benefits of attending a quality kindergarten program. The program funded by the Department of Education (DE) and is delivered by an experienced AEL Facilitator over a 12-month period.

The program supports families experiencing vulnerability to offer opportunity for their children to participate in quality Kindergarten programs and build confidence in their parenting.

There is a capacity of 16 families who can be supported by the AEL Facilitator. 

How can AEL support families?

The Access to Early Learning Program will:

  • Help children to access 15 hours per week of quality three-year-old kindergarten programs at low cost or no cost.
  • Help families to find ways to support children to attend kindergarten regularly.
  • Visit families at home to help parents and carers with activities to build on what their child is learning at kindergarten.
  • Provide mentoring and professional learning for educators who support eligible children in the local service system.

What is the eligibility criteria for AEL?

Children are eligible if they are referred by:

  • an Enhanced Maternal and Child Health Service
  • family services
  • the Orange Door or Child Protection

Children must be aged three by 30 April to participate in a program for the calendar year. Services will refer children with two or more complex needs, including:

  • contact with Child Protection
  • include a parent with an intellectual or physical disability
  • a history of mental health concerns
  • a history of family violence
  • a history of sexual assault
  • a history of alcohol and/or drug abuse