Read more information on the service review and ask the team a question.
Council provides and delivers a range of universal and specialist services for children and families in the Knox community, including:
Council has a long history of providing sessional kindergarten in small, single room kindergartens. But there has been a decline in the proportion of families accessing kindergarten in Council’s sessional services since 2017 as more families choose to access funded kindergarten in integrated long day care.
The reform poses significant challenges for Council due to the small size, condition, utilisation and age of our existing facilities as well as declining enrolment in sessional programs and limited financial resources.
Council’s kindergarten facilities will not easily support the longer hours required for the new reform, which means Council must consider the role that it will play in being a kindergarten provider into the future.
Robust service planning and review processes are an effective approach to ensure all the services Council provides meet community needs, are sustainable and cost effective, as required under the Local Government Act 2020.
Council has an obligation to use the rates money in ways that are transparent, accountable and sustainable. Service reviews ensure Council understands the needs of the whole community including children, youth and older people as well as other vulnerable groups.
The service review included a community panel to seek the views of the community. Capire Consulting was appointed as the independent consultant to facilitate the panel process, including the selection process for the community panel. The panel, which was demographically representative of the Knox community, met during March and April to consider the social benefit and impact of Council's role as a kindergarten service provider. Together they reviewed the options Council is considering and developed a statement assessing each option, as well as an overarching statement for Council to support its future planning and decision making. The panel's statement was presented to Council and is published on our Have Your Say page.
You can read a short summary of each panel session in the Project updates and also hear from some of the panelists in the video below.
Across November and December 2022, the community were invited to share their comments about what they value about kindergarten in Knox. This feedback was gathered through:
The comments gathered through this activity were documented in a themed report and provided to the panel and Council for their deliberations. A summary of what you told us is available below.
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Timeline item 2 - active
Community encouraged to stay up to date and ask questions about how the review will work.
Timeline item 3 - complete
Mid October 2022
Independent consultant appointed and will design the community panel process.
Capire Consulting has been appointed.
Timeline item 4 - complete
Community engagement open to provide comment and feedback about kindergarten service in Knox.
Timeline item 5 - complete
18 December 2022
Community engagement closes. We will gather feedback into a themed report that the community panel and Council can take into consideration in its future planning.
Timeline item 6 - complete
December 2022 - January 2023
Community Panel EOI open
Timeline item 7 - complete
Community panel finalise.
Timeline item 8 - complete
Community Panel activities commence
Timeline item 9 - complete
Considering the community statement and the findings of the service review, Council agreed to formally consider a proposal to exit standalone kindergarten services and lease its buildings to alternate sessional providers from January 2025. Consultation with staff commenced.
Timeline item 10 - incomplete
Council will meet to consider outcomes of staff consultation and make a final decision.
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Knox City Council acknowledges the traditional custodians of the city of Knox, the Wurundjeri and Bunurong people of the Kulin Nation.