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Kindergarten service review

We are considering our role as an Early Years Manager and Kindergarten service provider in response to state government reforms.

The Victorian Government introduced a reform which will increase 3 and 4 year old kindergarten by 15 hours a week over the next 10 years.

In the council meeting on Monday 29 August 2022, Council agreed to review its future role as a kindergarten service provider for the community in response to these reforms.

The review will look at how kindergarten can be delivered based on a range of information:

  • quantitative data such as utilisation, participation rates, capacity, cost, and revenue
  • qualitative data such as:
    • the social return to the community of a quality kindergarten services
    • feedback from staff and the broader community about Council’s kindergarten services through such avenues as the Have Your Say page
  • comparative data from other Early Years Managers across other local government areas

The review will include a community panel made up of members representative of the Knox community.

Community panel

The panel will be responsible for:

  • considering community feedback
  • considering options to support the changes.

Capire Consulting Group has been appointed as the independent consultant to manage the selection process for the community panel. During November 2022 a random selection of households will receive an invitation to submit an Expression of Interest to join the Community Panel. The panel will start the review in early 2023.

Will current kindergarten services be impacted?

Council kindergarten services will operate as usual during the review.

How to give feedback

Community engagement begins in October 2022. You will have the opportunity to provide your feedback and share your views.

The best way to provide your feedback is on our Have Your Say page.

Timetable planning for 2023

This review is separate to recent changes in timetable planning for 2023.

To allocate places into kindergarten for 2023, we have merged some services with low registration numbers with other services. This means some buildings, services and classes will not operate in 2023.

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Need help?

Email kindergartenreform@knox.vic.gov.au and we will get back to you.

Or call our Customer Service team on 9298 8000.

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