Early Years Master Planning

Early Years Master Planning

Indigo Shire Council prioritises 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.

Council partners 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. Council’s 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), Indigo Shire Council is assisting with master planning support for those services that are providing 3 year old kinder in the Indigo Shire region requiring 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 Indigo Shire Council’s 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 Indigo Shire Council appointed Perkins Architects to deliver the following:

  • Engage with the community and key stakeholders to identify a new Early Years Hub site in Beechworth and develop concept designs for this site.
  • Develop master plans for the existing Kindergarten and Maternal and Child Health Site at Yackandandah.
  • Develop master plans for the existing Kindergarten and Maternal and Child Health Site at Tangambalanga.

Perkins Architects has recently conducted site visits and a literature review and will commence engagement with key stakeholders shortly.

Further updates and engagement opportunities for community regarding this project will be provided on our Have Your Say section of this site.