Furlong Park School for Deaf Children is situated on extensive grounds in North Sunshine. The school provides educational programs for both pre-school children aged 3+ years of age and primary school students aged 5 to 12 years of age who have a moderate to profound bilateral sensorineural hearing loss, including those with additional needs.
The pre-school program is play-based with an emphasis on developing both receptive and expressive language and social behaviours. The school-based program continues the development of language for communication, literacy, numeracy and physical education in the classrooms based on the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF) and the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS) and is aligned with the Australian National Curriculum. To maximise student development through the stages of learning, Individual Learning Plans are developed, implemented and monitored, in partnership with parents.
The communication approach using spoken and written English and Auslan (Australian Sign Language) addresses individual student needs and is based on a bilingual/bicultural model. The school is staffed by both deaf and hearing, qualified Teachers of the Deaf, Speech Pathologists and suitably experienced support staff. Audiologists from Australian Hearing provide audiological support to students through monthly visits to the school.