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Council adopts an early years plan for Mount Alexander

Young children sitting at table eating snacks.

Council has adopted a plan to guide early years services in the shire.

Wednesday 19 December 2018

Mount Alexander Shire Council last night adopted a plan to direct the provision of Early Years programs, services and partnership activities in the shire at the Ordinary Meeting of Council.

The Mount Alexander Early Years Plan 2018-2021 is a Council initiated plan, developed in partnership with the local community and Early Years service providers.

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.

“It is an inspirational document that recognises that everyone has a part to play in creating Mount Alexander Shire as a great place for our children and their families to live, work and play,” said Gaynor Atkin, Manager Community Partnerships, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“We are very proud of the plan and what it sets out to deliver over the next three years,” said Ms Atkin.

“It is a great representation of the commitment we all have to ensure our local families and children reach their full potential. It also acknowledges the need for us to all work together to achieve the actions in the plan,” she said.

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.

“We plan to officially launch the plan in February with a look and feel that reflects the shared ownership of the plan with the community,” said Ms Atkin.

“We are looking forward to working in partnership with the community and service providers to deliver the plan,” she said.

The plan will be available on Council’s website at www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/Early_Years_Plan.

Image: The plan will provide a shire-wide direction for programs and services for young children.

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