Early years - Children 0-8 years

Promoting and supporting councils in their role in planning and provision of early childhood education and care is a key area of work for the MAV.

Current priorities

A Compact between DET, DHHS and local government (represented by the MAV) 2017-2027 – Supporting Children and Families in the Early Years was signed on 28 April 2017.

This Compact strengthens the collaborative relationship between the three partners in planning, development and provision of early years’ services. It demonstrates a shared focus on improving and sustaining outcomes for children and families across all Victorian communities.

Our immediate priorities include:

Current projects

Our current projects include:

Submissions and briefs

We develop and form a collective local government sector view on a range of early years’ reviews and issues. These include:

To access all our early years-related submissions, visit the MAV submissions page.

We also prepare briefing papers for our members’ use:

Committees and reference groups

We represent local government on a range of high-level advisory and reference groups, including:

We also convene a number of committees and working groups to help inform our work and build capacity within the sector, including:

  • Early Years Strategy Group Central
  • Enrolment Working Group.

Engage with us

For more information about our children, youth and families policy work, contact:

Wendy Allan
Early Years Policy Adviser
humanservices@mav.asn.au
(03) 9667 5527

Jan Barrett
Early Years Project Consultant
Early Years Infrastructure, Central Enrolment Project and UAECE Advocacy
humanservices@mav.asn.au
(03) 9667 5594

Jan Black
Policy Adviser
humanservices@mav.asn.au
(03) 9667 5512