Discover what you could do with a Flexible Initiatives Trial grant

These scenarios offer some practical examples to show how an early childhood education and care (ECEC) service might use a Flexible Initiatives Trial grant to innovate, adapt and explore new opportunities to deliver more flexible early learning options for their community.

The 6 scenarios illustrate various ways services might apply for funding under the 3 different streams of the trial:

  • Stream 1A
    Flexible service delivery – trialling delivery of smaller-scale operating model changes within one provider and service type.

  • Stream 1B
    Establishing new family day care services in outer regional, remote and very remote areas (according to ARIA+ classification).

  • Stream 2
    Blended service delivery – trialling delivery of larger-scale innovative operating models through collaboration between 2 service types.

The scenarios show how the introduction of incremental changes can lead to significant improvements in service delivery while still maintaining quality education and care for children. They also demonstrate the potential of partnerships and highlight how innovative collaboration can lead to new education and care options.

Read about the successful FIT round 1 applications

The 16 successful applications from the first round of the Flexible Initiatives Trial were announced by the Deputy Premier and Minister for Education and Early Learning on 10 April 2024. Read our news articles for more information.

How to read these scenarios

Services applying for the trial funding should have a good understanding of their unique service operating environment in their local context, including factors such as sector-specific requirements, market dynamics and regulatory conditions.

The scenarios are intended to show how the elements of funding outlined in the Program guidelines could be used.

Each scenario presents a flexibility solution that is appropriate for a particular service in their local context. Note that the budgets provided are illustrative rather than prescriptive.

Applicants will need to analyse the variables – relevant ratios, spatial considerations, resource availability, and community need – to arrive at an idea of how they might effectively tailor an application for funding for their service.

Stream 1A scenarios

Stream 1B scenarios

Stream 2 scenarios

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