Department of Education

Early Childhood Branch

Early Childhood Branch

What is KindiLink?

KindiLink is a play-and-learn initiative for three year old Aboriginal children who attend with a parent/carer at 38 selected schools.  It is running as a pilot (2016-2018) and will be independently evaluated to inform future directions.

How is KindiLink different to Kindergarten?

  • KindiLink is for three year old children attending with a parent/carer and only at the selected KindiLink schools. KindiLink is in addition to Kindergarten at the selected KindiLink schools.
  • Kindergarten is for all four year old children, who attend without a parent/carer and is available in all primary schools across the State.

What does KindiLink provide?

KindiLink provides six hours a week of high quality play-and-learn sessions for children and their parent/carer at the participating schools, at no cost to families, with families supported to be actively involved in the activities with their children.

What is KindiLink seeking to achieve?

KindiLink focuses on developing the social, emotional, language and cognitive capabilities of Aboriginal children.  KindiLink aims to support children’s development in the year before they start Kindergarten.  The teachers and assistants who plan and deliver the sessions work alongside families to help them prepare their own children for successful transition to school.

Who can participate in KindiLink?

The target group for KindiLink is Aboriginal children in the year prior to them being eligible to attend Kindergarten (i.e: ‘three year olds’).  Where capacity exists, younger siblings may also attend.  Children and families from outside a KindiLink school’s catchment area are welcome to participate in KindiLink.  Where capacity also exists, and with support from attending families and the local community, non-Aboriginal children and parent/carers may be invited to participate.

Why focus on Aboriginal children?

The 2015 Australian Early Development Census found that many Aboriginal children in Western Australia were doing well but it also found that 47.5% of Aboriginal children were vulnerable on one or more developmental domains compared with 19.5% of non-Aboriginal children and higher than the national average of 42%. NAPLAN 2015 data indicated that only 66% of Year 3 Aboriginal students in Western Australian public schools met the national minimum standard for reading compared with over 95% of non-Aboriginal students.

Who runs KindiLink sessions?

Each sessions is planned and facilitated by an early childhood teacher and Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer who work alongside families.  Activities are based on the principles and practices of the Early Years Learning Framework with a range of freely chosen and developmentally appropriate hands-on experiences available.

What schools are involved in the KindiLink pilot?

KindiLink is being piloted at the following schools:

Region School

Broome Primary School
Cable Beach Primary School
Derby District High School
Fitzroy Valley District High School
Halls Creek District High School
Kalumburu Remote Community School
Kununurra District High School
La Grange Remote Community School

Pilbara Roebourne District High School
South Hedland Primary School
South Newman Primary School
Wickham Primary School

Carnarvon Community College
Meekatharra District High School
Beachlands Primary School

Goldfields Boulder Primary School
East Kalgoorlie Primary School
Nulsen Primary School
Leonora District High School
Wiluna Remote Community School
North Metropolitan

Lockridge Primary School
Moorditj Noongar Community College
Westminster Junior Primary School

South Metropolitan Bentley Primary School
Brookman Primary School
Challis Community Primary School
Dudley Park Primary School
Gwynne Park Primary School
Hilton Primary School
Medina Primary School
Rivervale Primary School

Avonvale Primary School
Katanning Primary School
Narrogin Primary School
West Northam Primary School


Amaroo Primary School
Djidi Djidi Aboriginal School

Spencer Park Primary School

How do families register?

Families can sign up for KindiLink at their local KindiLink school throughout the year.


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