Community Early Years Childcare and Kinder at Chiltern
Published on 10 February 2020
Expressions of Interest for a new provider for Chiltern Childcare, Kindergarten and OHSC closed 3 February. Sixteen Expression of Interest packs were distributed directly to potential providers, as well as the information being available on Council’s website and promoted through newspapers and childcare and kindergarten networks.
One Expression of Interest was received with the condition that further funding support would be required to progress. Council is reviewing the detail of the application and seeking advice from the State and Federal Departments of Education about next steps.
Indigo Shire Council understands that the provision of quality and consistent childcare is of great importance to the community, and to the future of Chiltern as a growing hub for families. Albury Wodonga Community College will keep services in place until the end of 2020, allowing time for Council and the community to work through the challenges of identifying a new provider.
Council will continue to provide regular updates to the community as more information comes to hand.
STATEMENT - 13 NOVEMBER 2019
We’re working to allay the concerns of families who use the Community Early Years Childcare Centre and Kinder at Chiltern following the decision by the Albury Wodonga Community College to withdraw from the service at the end of 2020.
Mayor, Cr Jenny O’Connor says the provision of quality and consistent childcare is hugely important to the community and she has moved to assure affected families that Council will be working with families, AWCC and all levels of government to find an alternative childcare provider in Chiltern.
The AWCC has announced it will withdraw from the service in December 2020.
Cr O’Connor says the commitment from the college to provide childcare services for another 12 months is greatly appreciated and means that families and staff will have some time to plan and allow for a smooth transition to a new provider.
“We understand and acknowledge the concern from the community and we want to assure families that we’ll do everything we can to identify alternative childcare providers for Chiltern,” Cr O’Connor said.
Families concerned about the change are encouraged to speak with Council’s Director Community and Economic Development, Mark Florence on 0407 529 770.