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Kindergarten service delivery in Cardinia Shire

Kindergarten in Cardinia Shire is delivered by the following partners working together:

  • The state government (the Victorian Government's Department of Education and Training - DET)
  • Local government (Cardinia Shire Council)
  • Early Years Managers (bestchance, ECMS and One Tree Community services)
  • Committees of management (Beaconsfield Kindergarten, Cockatoo Kindergarten, Gembrook Preschool)
  • Parents and families

While Council doesn’t directly run early years education services, we’re committed to ensuring the services are the best they can possibly be, now and into the future.

  • As the central planner for kindergarten services in the shire, we provide the buildings and manage kindergarten registrations centrally to ensure all children who require a place in our community kindergartens are able to access one. 
  • Council engages Early Years Managers to deliver kindergarten on our behalf.
  • When the licence agreement between the Early Years Manager and Council is due to expire, Council will undertake a request for service, fulfilling the Victorian Government statutory requirement to select an early years provider in a fair, competitive and robust manner in the open market.
  • This process ensures that the very best providers in Australia have an opportunity to express their interest in delivering high-quality services for families in Cardinia Shire.
  • Early Years Providers are the licensed, approved providers of kindergartens. They deliver high-quality programs that directly benefit children. They are also responsible for the operational management of the kindergarten service and staff.
  • In Cardinia Shire, there are 2 types of Early Years Providers – Early Years Managers and Committees of Management.
  • Early Years Providers work closely with Cardinia Shire Council, parents and families, and Parent Advisory Groups (PAGs) to ensure Cardinia Shire children have access to high-quality early years programs, giving them the best possible start in life.

 

Cardinia Shire Council is the central planner for kindergarten services in the shire, ensuring all children who require a place in kindergarten can access one.

We support local children and families by:

  • building strong partnerships through professional networks and supporting Early Years Managers and Committees of Management
  • planning for growth and ensuring we have enough kindergarten places to support demand, and building new centres where required
  • administering the process for kindergarten registrations for all sessional kindergartens
  • engaging Early Years Providers to deliver kindergarten.
  • We conduct a Request for Early Years Managers process to operate and manage kindergarten services and other associated services at Council-owned facilities.
  • Undertaking this process ensures we meet our statutory requirement to ensure early years providers are selected in a fair and competitive manner.
  • The process also ensures that the very best providers in Australia have an opportunity to express their interest in delivering high-quality services for families in Cardinia Shire.

Contact our Community Infrastructure and Service Planning team on 1300 787 624 or mail@cardinia.vic.gov.au

 

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