Early Years Infrastructure Plan
In March 2019, four workshops were conducted with 31 members of the community with an interest in early year’s education and care, Providers and Educators from Nillumbik services, to seek feedback on Council’s Early Years Infrastructure Plan.
The workshops aimed to:
- Engage with the community, provide information to participants about the current Early Years Infrastructure challenges and future needs of the community.
- Consider State and National perspectives, particularly the Department of Education and Training policy direction in relation to future programs and funding.
- Discuss and develop a set of principles which reflect the priorities and values of the community. These will be referred to by Council when determining future Early Years Infrastructure needs in the Shire over the next 10 years.
- Finalise a set of Principles for making decisions about Early Years Infrastructure planning.
As a result of the workshops a set of Early Years Infrastructure Planning Principles(PDF, 128KB) were finalised and presented to Council in May.
Research on current infrastructure
Council has gathered information on subsidised three year old kindergarten in Nillumbik. This ran along side the Ernst & Young survey commissioned by the Department of Education and Training, which was conducted across the municipality to determine services' capacity to deliver three year old kindergarten and how this will impact current infrastructure.
Township meetings to apply Early Years Infrastructure Planning Principles
In light of the Department of Education 3yo funding developments, we commenced meeting with some services and key stakeholders in October to discuss the Early Years Infrastructure needs of each township group and we have completed meeting with all areas of Nillumbik.
The discussions have been based on the current and predicted population and service data available for 3 and 4 year old kindergarten, community need, programming, contemporary practice and opportunities for partnership. We have had a range of stakeholders participate in the Township discussions and we thank them for their valuable input. The Early Years Infrastructure Plan will be presented to Council in the first half of 2020.
The outcome of these meetings will be a list of priority works to be considered for the Nillumbik Early Years Infrastructure Plan.
For more information contact Beth Scott, Project Manager Early Years Infrastructure Plan, at Beth.Scott@nillumbik.vic.gov.au 0421 425 634