What is the Bicultural Support?
The Bicultural Support is run by Ethnic
Community Services Co-operative (ECSC) for Children
Services Central. The Bicultural Support provides
additional resources to eligible children’s services to assist
with the inclusion of children from Culturally and Linguistically
Diverse backgrounds (CALD), Refugee and Indigenous Children.
Bicultural Support can be accessed to:
- assist in the initial settling-in period of children from CALD, refugee
or Indigenous backgrounds for a limited period;
- provide initial language
assistance to children, parents and staff, in order to help families
and the service communicate;
- introduce the child’s culture to
the service by assisting children, staff and parents to develop and
present multicultural games, songs, food, and culturally appropriate
- assist staff to understand diverse cultural practices and
child rearing practices in Australian society; promote children’s
self esteem about their cultural heritage; and encourage maintenance
of, and support the development of, the child’s home language.
Bicultural Support provides approved children’s services with
time-limited support from either:
- an on-site Bicultural Support Worker or
- an off-site
Bicultural Support Consultant.
Download the Bicultural Support Request Form
Who can use the service?
- Private and community-based Long Day Care centres; | Bicultural Support for Long Day Care flyer | PDF download
- Outside School Hours Care services (including vacation care); | Bicultural Support OSHC flyer | PDF download
- Family Day Care services; | Bicultural Support FDC flyer | PDF download
- Occasional Care services; | Bicultural Support OCC flyer | PDF download
- In-Home Care services;
- Flexible/multifunctional services;
- Non-mainstream Outside School Hours Care services;
- Non-formula funded Occasional Care services;
- Multifunctional Aboriginal Children’s services (MACS);
- Mobile Child Care service.
How do you access the Bicultural Support?
You need to be referred by:
- Children’s Services Central (call 1800 157 818) or
- Your regional Inclusion Support Agency (ISA) – click here to access details.
To find our more about Ethnic Community Services visit their website.