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Mount Alexander Early Years Plan

Early Years Plan

Council adopted the Mount Alexander Early Years Plan 2018-2021 at the Ordinary Meeting of Council held on 18 December 2018.

The plan is a Council initiated plan, developed in partnership with the local community and early years service providers to guide the provision of Early Years programs, services and partnership activities in the shire.

It aims to support the needs of families and children from 0 – 8 years with the vision of creating an innovative and connected community that works together to support children to reach their full potential.

The plan is structured around the themes of collaboration, services and support, learning and literacy, and environment and wellbeing. There are nine objectives and thirty-four actions that provide a framework to guide implementation of the plan and coordinate actions.

Some of the actions include identifying the gaps in the provision of local childcare, looking at ways to enhance kinder enrolment processes, and establishing an Early Years Expo to create awareness of the local services, support and resources every two years.

The establishment of a steering group, comprising local community members, service providers and government representatives, will ensure that the plan remains an inspirational and progressive document.

Regular conversations, forums and bulletin updates will help keep the community and key stakeholders regularly informed about the plan’s progress, and ensure that successes and achievements are acknowledged, shared and celebrated.

The final designed version of the Early Years Plan, including an A2 size Plan on a Page poster, is now available.

If you would like to pick up a copy of the plan or poster, please visit Council's Civic Centre in Castlemaine.

To download the plan or plan on a page poster, please see the links below.

Mount Alexander Early Years Steering Group

Representatives from local early years’ service providers, organisations and the community have been selected for the new Mount Alexander Early Years Steering Group.

The purpose of the Group is to provide strategic guidance and oversight of the Mount Alexander Early Years Plan (2018 – 2021) to ensure it achieves its vision of “creating an innovative and connected community that works together to support our children to reach their full potential”.

The group will be responsible for the overall implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the plan, with administrative support provided by the Mount Alexander Shire.

Members represent Koorie support services, YMCA, inclusion support, kindergartens, Australian Breastfeeding Association, parents, maternal & child health, Mount Alexander Shire and the Department of Education.

For more information about the steering group contact (03) 5471 1700.

Terms of Reference can be downloaded in the link below.

Mount Alexander Early Years Forums

An action in the Mount Alexander Early Years Plan 2018-2021 is the delivery of regular Mount Alexander Early Years Forums (Action 1.1.2: Deliver at least three (3) Mount Alexander Early Years Forums per year to provide opportunities for sharing and developing skills, networking and collaboration).

The schedule for the year has been announced with each forum coinciding with relevant international and national weeks/days of significance.

There will be keynote speakers at each forum as well as snapshot presentations by local representatives (service providers, organisations and community members).

The 2019 Early Years Forums dates are listed below (location and times of each forum will be announced closer to the time). Notes from each Forum are available for download below.

• Wednesday 15 May 2019
Recognising the UN International Day of Families and National Family Week and the important role families play in the lives of children.

• Thursday 1 August 2019
Acknowledging World Breastfeeding Week and the health and wellbeing of the child.

• Thursday 24 October 2019
Celebrating National Children’s Week and the rights and accomplishments of children.

For more information about the forums contact (03) 5471 1700.

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