School Support Services
Tylden Primary School offers a variety of support services that cater for individual student needs and ensure optimum student learning and wellbeing.
- Literacy and numeracy support programs
The Science of Reading underpins the literacy program and our students’ progress in all grades is monitored closely by teachers throughout the year. Targeted individual or small group intervention is put in place where necessary to assist students who may need extra assistance.
The mathematics program develops fluency in number facts, number sense and problem-solving skills in a well-planned and methodical sequence from Prep to Grade 6. Targeted individual or small group intervention is provided as required to provide additional assistance.
As part of the DET Tutoring Initiative, the school currently employs a well-qualified tutor to conduct the small group and individual intervention in literacy and numeracy.
- Extension Programs
The school offers a high quality classroom program that caters for all abilities. Extension programs are offered across different areas of the curriculum including the Arts, Literacy and Numeracy. The school regularly participates in the State Schools' Spectacular and students are frequently selected for the Victorian High Achievers Program (VHAP). Additional special extension programs may be developed within the school or offered in conjunction with external agencies.
- Out of School Hours Care (OSHC)
The school operates an Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) program before and after school every day between the hours of 6:30 - 8:40 am and 3:30 - 6:00 pm. The high quality service is managed by the Tylden Primary School Council and has very reasonable costs to parents.
- Speech Pathology
A qualified Speech Pathologist is available through a referral to the Department of Education Student Support Services. The Speech Pathologist can conduct full speech assessments and deliver a program to support students with speech and language issues. Each child’s individual program includes regular home activities designed to support the work of the Speech Pathologist in each consultation and maximise the impact of the assistance.
- Educational Psychologists
Children can be referred to a Department of Education Educational Psychologist for assessment. The psychologist can assist with the development of individual learning and behaviour plans and advise on applications for support through the Program for Students with Disabilities (PSD).
- School Counsellor
A counsellor visits the school on a fortnightly basis. All members of the school community can make an appointment to see the counsellor. The service requires a referral from your GP and up to 10 visits per year can be bulk billed to Medicare. Parents/Carers should contact the office for more information about how to access this valuable service.
- Counselling Psychologist
A psychologist from the Healing Minds Psychology visits the school on a weekly basis. All members of the school community can make an appointment to see the psychologist. The service requires a referral from your GP and up to 10 visits per year can be bulk billed to Medicare. Parents/Carers should contact the office for more information about how to access this valuable service.
- School Nurse
The school nurse conducts Prep health checks every year for the children who are commencing school. The nurse is also available for health checks and assessments on request for students from other year levels. At Tylden PS, our school nurse conducts the Personal Development Program for Grade 6 students and the biennial Mother-Daughter and Father-Son information evenings.
- Head Lice Monitoring Program
Trained Division 1 nurses conduct periodic whole-school head- lice checks. The dates for checks are publicised through the newsletter and all children who are checked receive a confidential note indicating whether head lice have been detected. There is an expectation that children who are infected with head lice will be treated immediately, and again after 7 days to ensure the infection has been controlled.
There are two free bus services that may be used by eligible Tylden PS students who live in Spring Hill and East Trentham. The bus services are run by the Department of Transport and administered by the Bus Coordinator at Kyneton Secondary College. The school will advise if students are likely to be eligible for free bus transport. Maps of the routes are available at the office.