Early Years Infrastructure Plan
In March this year, 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 is currently gathering information on subsidised three year old kindergarten in Nillumbik, and how this will impact current infrastructure.
This information gathering is running alongside an Ernst & Young survey commissioned by the Department of Education and Training, which will be conducted at all Early Years services across the municipality to determine services capacity to deliver three year old kindergarten.
Township meetings to apply Early Years Infrastructure Planning Principles
In light of the Department of Education 3yo funding developments, the original plan for the township meetings has changed. We will be meeting with services and key stakeholders over a 6 month period commencing in October to discuss the Early Years Infrastructure needs of each township group.
The discussions will be based on the current and predicted population and service data that we have for your area for 3 and 4 year old kindergarten, community need, programming and contemporary practice.
Services and stakeholders will be contacted prior to the meetings. All sessions will be conducted between 4pm and 6pm to accommodate both professionals working in the Early Years services, those who support the services on Committees of Management and other key stakeholders.
The outcome of these meetings will be a list of priority works to be considered for the Nillumbik Early Years Infrastructure plan.
Please direct any questions to Beth Scott on 0421 425 634.
If you would like to participate, register your interest below.
Register your interest for township meetings
For more information contact Beth Scott, Project Manager Early Years Infrastructure Plan, at Beth.Scott@nillumbik.vic.gov.au