We consult with Victorian councils on issues related to early childhood education and care, services, funding and policies.
Through our forums, we communicate and consult with councils about our work in the early years area, and advocate local government perspectives to other sectors and levels of government.
To ensure a strong voice for local government and improved outcomes for families and children, we also collaborate with other organisations.
Our key areas of responsibility are:
- early years
- maternal and child health
- municipal early years planning
- universal access to kindergartens.
Funding for 15-hours kinder
The MAV has welcomed the Federal Government’s investment of $406 million to fund 15-hours of kindergarten in 2015, ensuring universal access continues for all children.
Extension of the national partnership agreement on early childhood education would offer some relief for Victorian families for another 12 months.
Until this week, funding of the 15-hours was in limbo. While the State Government funds 10-hours, the Federal Government was undecided on whether it would continue to fund the extra five hours beyond December.
The funding announcement is a good start, however long term funding certainty is urgently needed. We hope that we can continue working positively and productively with the state and federal governments to find a permanent resolution.
Productivity Commission Draft Report: childcare
The MAV appeared at the Productivity Commission hearings into Childcare and Early Childhood Learning on 19 August. We had the opportunity to put forward key issues identified by councils as being critical to ensuring that early childhood education and care remains accessible, affordable and of a high quality.
The MAV is currently formulating a response to this draft report on behalf of councils. A small working group of councils and the MAV met recently to go through the draft recommendations, and identify the key issues that the MAV will respond to.
For further information contact Wendy Allan.