The Kindergarten service review will:

  • consider Council’s role as an Early Years Manager and kindergarten service provider
  • consider how Council can respond to the Victorian Government’s kindergarten reform to provide 3 and 4-year-old children universal access to 2 years of kindergarten in the 2 years prior to formal schooling, with our limited resources.

Our services

Council provides and delivers a range of universal and specialist services for children and families in the Knox community, including:

  • 29 sessional kindergarten services
  • maternal and child health services
  • supported and community playgroups
  • Preschool Field Officer program
  • long day care
  • Knox Council kindergarten services central registration and enrolment
  • facilitation of family support and allied health.

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.


Community Panel

The service review will include a community panel to seek the views of the community. Capire Consulting has been appointed as the independent consultant to facilitate the panel process, including the selection process for the community panel.

The panel will capture diverse perspectives and consider the social benefit and impact of Council’s role as a kindergarten service provider. The Panel will review the detailed information Council is exploring. At the conclusion, the panel will provide a community statement which Council can take into consideration in its future planning and decision making.

Have you got your invite?

6000 randomly selected Knox households will receive an invitation to help answer the following question:

How can we manage the changes needed to our kindergarten services to provide the best value to the whole community?

You don’t need any prior knowledge to take part. All you need is an open mind, a willingness to hear the information presented, and to share your opinions with us and other panel members. The panel will then develop feedback for Council to consider in determining the best way forward.

Selected participants will need to attend four sessions in March and April 2023. To recognise your time commitment, you’ll receive $250.00 at the completion of the panel.

Who we want to hear from

We want to hear from past, current and future kindergarten users to ensure changes continue to enable Knox families to access quality kindergarten. We also want to hear from community members that are interested in exploring how Council delivers community services to provide best value to the community.

Panel members will be selected via a random selection process by our independent consultants. The selection process will seek to form a panel that reflects the diversity of the Knox community.


Community engagement

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:

  • Postcards distributed through kindergartens and at libraries
  • 11 community pop up sessions
  • To capture their voice, children were invited to draw or share what they love about kindergarten.

The comments gathered through this activity will be documented in a themed report that will be provided to the panel and Council for their deliberations. This will be shared with the community in early 2023.


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Timeline

  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    29 August 2022

    Council endorsed a Kindergarten Service review at their meeting. Review the Council meeting minutes or watch online.

  • Timeline item 2 - active

    Ongoing

    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

    November 2022

    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 - active

    December 2022 - January 2023

    Community Panel EOI open

  • Timeline item 7 - incomplete

    February 2023

    Community panel process begin.

  • Timeline item 8 - incomplete

    June 2023

    Council will consider the community statement and the findings of the service review and make a decision.

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Employees of Knox City Council kindergartens should contact their line manager or email kindergartenstaff@knox.vic.gov.au.