We prioritise the needs of children (aged 0 to 12 years) and their families to ensure the appropriate services, infrastructure and enabling environments are present to create a thriving early year’s community, now and into the future.
We partner with service providers to understand future service demand, to identify early year’s development trends and issues to ensure service access for residents and to plan for infrastructure needs for services. Our Early Years role is outlined in our Early Years Strategy 2020-2025. All early years services across the Shire are operated by non-Council entities; either not for profit committees of management or commercial businesses.
Following the development of the Indigo Shire Kindergarten Infrastructure and Services Plan (KISP), we are assisting with master planning support for the services that are providing 3 year old kinder that require support to accommodate growth. Via the master planning process we will understand the construction needs of each site across the Shire in a more considered way. To view or download the KISP click here(PDF, 940KB).
A key priority in our Early Years Strategy is to advocate for suitable facilities and infrastructure for the Beechworth Childcare and Kindergarten facilities. An assessment of future demand for these services found an immediate unmet childcare demand for babies and toddlers in Beechworth. Council is actively assisting the committees to identify a suitable location for the future of these services, and additional funding will need to be identified to support this move.
In October 2021 we appointed Perkins Architects to deliver the following:
In August 2022 Perkins Architects presented to the Beechworth Childcare and Beechworth Kindergarten committees:
1. Executive Management Team and Councillor Briefing on report to determine direction.
2. Discussions by Council officers with Federal and State Department of Education regarding both interim and longer term funding prospects.
3. Meeting with services / committee representatives to progress options.
Further updates and engagement opportunities for community regarding this project will be provided on our Have Your Say section of this site.