School Readiness Funding Victoria - Approved Provider

Overview – School Readiness Funding

School Readiness Funding is a Victorian Government needs-based funding initiative which provides funding to address educational disadvantage and supports children’s development. Kindergarten programs are allocated funding for the purchase of high-quality items from a menu of evidence-informed programs and supports (the menu). Programs and supports listed on the menu directly support children’s learning and development in at least one of the three School Readiness Funding priority areas:

  • Communication (language development)
  • Wellbeing (social and emotional)
  • Access and inclusion

Sing&Grow is an approved provider on the School Readiness Funding Menu from 2021.

Click here to view more information about the menu and a list of the current programs and supports.

What is Sing&Grow?

Sing&Grow is an evidence-based music therapy program supporting children aged birth to five years, their parents and communities, to use music for building relationships, increasing community connection and facilitating childhood development outcomes.

All Sing&Grow services are exclusively delivered by Registered Music Therapists with additional Sing&Grow training. Whilst ideally delivered face-to-face, Sing&Grow has capability to deliver services via online platforms.  

Benefits of Sing&Grow

Recent research into Sing&Grow found that parent-reported benefits for children included developing confidence, social skills, language and communication, motor skills, self-regulation and other attributes necessary for successful participation in more formalised learning environments such as school (Williams et al, 2020).

In addition to this, Sing&Grow was shown to support significant improvements in:

  • Children’s cognitive and behavioural self-regulation skills
  • Children’s pro-social and school readiness skills
  • Parenting responsiveness
  • Social connectedness
  • Parent-child bonding
Our unique offerings

8 week Group Programs for children birth to five and their parents

Sing&Grow services are accessible to children and families with indicators of vulnerability, with a focus on developing competencies aligned with the AEDC domains.  Through music-based play and reflective discussion, we build caregiver capacity, skills and confidence; improve the quality of parent-child interactions; enhance social connectedness and improve children’s resilience, self-regulation, social skills and learning outcomes. Each session includes instrumental play, songs, rhymes and reflective conversation.

Off to School

8 week Groups* for children 3-6, with parents; or for children 3-6, with Early Childhood Professionals

The Off To School groups assist school readiness, promoting self-regulation and focusing on developing social skills, motor skills, literacy and numeracy, routines, emotional wellbeing, and independence, as well as providing further opportunities to strengthen relationships between families and education services.

* Weekly sessions are approximately 1 hour/week

Professional Development Services

  1. Time for Tunes
  2. Music Tools
    1. General
    2. Trauma-Informed
    3. ASD focused

Our professional development workshops build capacity and confidence of Early Childhood Professionals to use music more effectively.  The Time for Tunes Workshop empowers staff to facilitate their own small music sessions, whereas the Music Tools Workshop supports them to responsively use music throughout the day to support children’s diverse needs.  Contact Sing&Grow for further information on our professional development workshops and how we can tailor the workshop to your needs.

Partner Checklist
  • Contact Sing&Grow to discuss which of our services will best meet the needs of your kindergarten
  • Ensure appropriate venue for group program/workshop
  • Organise consistent staff member to attend and participate weekly
  • Organise name tags if required (first 3-4 weeks)
  • Organise refreshments (for before or after Sing&Grow group)
  • On the day, arrange room
  • Within sessions be ready to support the session leader with regards to the ‘no cameras’ policy and active engagement in activities
How to access our services
  • If you are in the process of developing your School Readiness Funding plan, please contact us and we can support you to develop a tailored package to ensure you make the most of your funding allocation.
  • We will prioritise all bookings from services who have included us on their School Readiness Funding plans.
  • For regional and online/telehealth options please contact us to discuss how we can support your kindergarten
  • If you did not include us on your plan, please contact us and we can discuss availability to support your service.
Contact our team to Submit an Expression of Interest
  • To discuss your specific needs and which Sing&Grow services best meet your goals, please call Sing&Grow Victorian State Manager, Jessica Higgins, on 0457 148 322 or Sing&Grow National Manager, Julia Oreopoulos on 0400 827 153.