Early Years Infrastructure Plan

Council is committed to ensuring the delivery of high quality learning and care. 

Developing an Early Years Infrastructure Plan consolidates this commitment. 

Why is the Early Years Infrastructure Plan (EYIP) being developed?

Council routinely audits the condition of our buildings. Almost half the early years’ buildings in Nillumbik are now 50+ years old. We need to plan replacement infrastructure to meet future needs.

What is an EYIP?

An EYIP is designed to meet community needs for quality early learning outcomes and care for the next ten years. 

The plan will be developed by a Community Reference Group of up to 50 people. The group will include early years providers, kindergartens, early years users and community members with an interest in early years provision working together with Council. 

What will the plan look like?

The plan will be developed in two parts.

Part 1 - Develop guiding principles 

  • To develop and deliver infrastructure
  • To support relationships between Council (as the building owner) and community based committees, early years managers as service providers and Department of Education and Training as funding partners. 

Part 2 - Develop a plan for early years provision

  • To guide the development of and redevelopment of early years infrastructure in each township for the next ten years. 

Who will use the plan?

The plan will be used to inform the development and redevelopment of early years infrastructure and support relationships between building owners and service providers. 

The plan will also be used as a reference for township masterplans and structure plans.

How you can be involved 

You can apply to be involved in the EYIP in the following ways

Apply to be involved as:

  • a community member or
  • a representative of an organisation

Apply as a participant of:

  • the Community Reference Group
  • the group working on your township plan
  • both Community Reference Group or the group working on your township plan

How to apply 

  • Complete the expression of interest form online
  • If the nomination is being made on behalf of a group or organisation, you will also need the secretary, president or CEO to sign the nomination form. 
  • Attach a statement addressing the selection criteria

Selection criteria

To support your application you will need to demonstrate the following: 

  • Your interest in high quality early years outcomes
  • Expertise in the early learning sector e.g. kindergarten, childcare, maternal and child health and playgroups.
  • Record of current or past community participation
  • Current or past membership of a preschool or early years service
  • Current, past or future early years, preschool or playgroup participant 
  • The capacity to work collaboratively with others to promote whole of community outcomes 

Apply here

Expressions of interest open Tuesday 18 December and close Friday 15 February 2019 at 5pm. Successful applicants will be notified by Friday 22 February 2019.

Requirements of the reference group

Community Reference Group workshops have been scheduled for the following dates in March 2019 

Tuesday 5 March
Tin Shed Café, 29-35 Chute Street
Diamond Creek 

Tuesday 12 March
Hurstbridge Community Hub, 50 Graysharps Road

Tuesday 19 March
Eltham Bowling Club, 20-50 Susan Street

Tuesday 26 March
Tin Shed Café, 29-35 Chute Street
Diamond Creek 


For more information contact Beth Scott, Project Manager Early Years Infrastructure Plan, at Beth.Scott@nillumbik.vic.gov.au  

To be kept up to date about the project, keep an eye out on our website. You will also have the opportunity to provide comment on the draft plan later in 2019.