In Victoria the early years are recognised as lasting from birth to eight years. Children display social, emotional and intellectual characteristics during this time which are distinct from those shown in other periods of their lives.
We provide early years support to councils in the areas of planning and policy development, service delivery, infrastructure provision, community capacity building and advocacy.
Through our partnership with the Department of Education and Training, we specifically recognise the importance of early years education and care, and aim to support all councils in their activities to provide services to this sector of their communities.
See our work in:
MAV submissions to Government on early childhood education and care
In recent years the MAV has provided submissions and participated in workshops and hearings on the issue of early childhood education and care as follows:
Early Years Strategy Group
We facilitate an Early Years Strategy Group meeting every two months and commencing in March each year.
The group includes representatives from nominated, representative family and children’s services managers representing the nine Department of Education and Training regions across Victoria as well as the perspectives of interface councils and those facing significant growth.
The meeting provides a regular forum to discuss issues of key strategic importance in the areas of:
- early years
- early childhood workforce
- maternal and child health
- universal access
- other policy issues impacting on councils in the early years space.
Early Years Policy Adviser
03 9667 5527