The IDF Subsidy for Immediate/Time limited Support enables centre based services to quickly engage an Additional Educator where there is an immediate barrier associated with including a child with high support needs, and an Additional Educator is the most appropriate solution. This is for a limited period of time to assist educators to address the barrier to inclusion, and if needed, decide on a suitable alternative and more stable solution.
The Immediate/Time Limited Support is a per hour funding subsidy to centre based services, to employ an Additional Educator to increase the educator to child ratio in the care environment to support the inclusion of a child with high support needs, alongside their typically developing peers.
The subsidy is available to include:
• A child with disability;
• A child undergoing assessment for disability;
• Children presenting with challenging or disruptive behaviours, which may relate to disability.
Applications for the IDF Subsidy for Immediate/Time Limited Support are assessed by the IDFM and the service notified of the outcome within 5 business days.
IAs will assist eligible services to apply for IDF funding. Services will apply for funding on the new user-friendly IS Portal.
Resources are available to provide information about the ISP Programme and applying for Immediate/Time Limited funding on the new IS Portal.
Immediate/Time Limited funding claims are made retrospectively through the Child Care Management System (CCMS).