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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.

A Steering Group comprising local community members, service providers and government representatives, meets regularly to oversee the implementation of the Plan and ensure it 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 the 'Plan on a Page' poster, please visit Council's Civic Centre in Castlemaine or email eysg@mountalexander.vic.gov.au

To download the Plan or the 'Plan on a Page' poster, please see the links below.

Mount Alexander Early Years Steering Group

The Mount Alexander Early Years Steering Group is made up of representatives from local early years’ service providers, organisations, the community and council.

The aim of the Steering 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 Steering Group is responsible for the overall implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Plan, with administrative support provided by the Mount Alexander Shire Council.

Members represent YMCA, kindergartens, Australian Breastfeeding Association, parents, Maternal & Child Health, Mount Alexander Shire Council and the Victorian Government Department of Education and Koorie support services.

For more information about the Steering Group contact (03) 5471 1700 or email eysg@mountalexander.vic.gov.au

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).

Following a success program last year, the 2020 forums are currently on hold due to the current Coronavirus restrictions.

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