Every municipality in Victoria is required to develop a Municipal Early Years Plan. The plan enables a council to:
- make more informed decisions;
- develop and better evaluate early years services, activities and facilities delivered by different council departments; and
- maximise resources and undertake long-term planning for children aged 0-8 years.
Through this plan, councils work closely in partnership with the community to improve outcomes for young children:
- increasing support for young children and their families;
- focusing attention on vulnerable families;
- promoting ease of access to services; and
- increasing responsiveness of services and efficient use of other resources through service integration and collaboration.
The Plans are also proving a strong basis for cooperation between levels of government. Learn more about Municipal Early Years planning from the Municipal Association of Victoria Website.
Best Start Early Years Plan 2015-2019
The strategic directions of the Municipal Early Years Plan, along with that of Best Start have been merged into one combined plan - the Greater Shepparton Best Start Early Years Plan (BSEYP) 2015-2019.
The four key areas of the plan are:
- Every child enjoys a healthy start in life.
- Every child is supported to become a confident learner.
- Greater Shepparton - a child and family friendly community.
- Collaboration to achieve collective impact.