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Have your say on Mount Alexander Shire’s early years plan

Priorities from last Early Years Forum which lists services & support, learning & literacy; collaboration and environment & wellbeing.

If you want a say in how Council can support the needs of local families and young children get involved in the Early Years Forum.

Monday 1 October 2018

Mount Alexander Shire Council has developed a new plan to support the needs of local families and children aged 0-8 years and is looking for your feedback.

Developed in partnership with the community, the draft Mount Alexander Early Years Plan 2018-2021 provides a future vision and direction on how to best develop and coordinate early years services, programs and partnership activities.

“We are very excited about the draft plan and what it aims to achieve to support young children and their families”, said Gaynor Atkin, Manager Community Partnerships, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

Ms Atkin said the plan has a number of actions that require support from the community.

“We strongly encourage anyone with an interest in the support and service for local families and children to take some time to review the draft plan and let us know they think,” she said.

The draft plan’s vision is to ‘create an innovative and connected community that works together to support our children to reach their full potential’. It is structured around four key themes:
• Collaboration: We will work better together to strengthen partnerships and community connectedness.
• Services and Support: We will provide more accessible services locally to better support our children and their families, especially those most vulnerable.
• Learning and Literacy: We will encourage a whole of community approach to increase learning opportunities and literacy levels of our children.
• Environment and Wellbeing: We will plan for improved use of facilities and spaces to enhance the development, health and safety of our children and their families.

Ms Atkin said there are a number of objectives and actions allocated under each key theme.

“Identifying the gaps in local childcare is one of the actions, which will allow us to better meet the needs of local families,” said Ms Atkin.

“We also want to increase the number of our local businesses and service providers that are registered as a breastfeeding friendly venue.

“To create greater awareness of the local services, support and resources available we also propose to establish a Mount Alexander Early Years Expo,” she said.

A presentation of the draft plan will also be delivered at the third Mount Alexander Early Years Forum from 5.30pm – 7.30pm on Wednesday 10 October at the Civic Centre, corner of Lyttleton and Lloyd streets, Castlemaine. Registration is free with light supper provided.

Register your attendance by 5.00pm on Monday 8 October by visiting www.eventbrite.com.au and search ‘Mount Alexander Early Years Forum’ or call Council on 5471 1700. Registrations are essential.

The draft Mount Alexander Early Years Plan 2018-2021 is on public exhibition until Sunday 21 October and can be viewed at www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/HaveYourSay as well as at the Civic Centre, Maternal and Child Health Centre and the Castlemaine Library.

Feedback may be submitted to info@mountalexander.vic.gov or sent by post to Draft Mount Alexander Early Years Plan Submission, Mount Alexander Shire Council, P.O. Box 185, Castlemaine VIC 3450.

Image: Some of the priorities identified at the last Early Years Forum.

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