EARLY YEARS MANAGEMENT
Early Years Management (EYM) strengthens the delivery of universal kindergarten services across Victoria. Kindergartens that are members of EYM, provide parents with more flexible options for participating in their child’s kindergarten. It also creates a more consistent and professional employment model for kindergarten staff, facilitates strong local partnerships and improves outcomes for children by allowing teaching staff to teach and not be responsible for general administrative duties.
For our member kindergartens, EYM means that community preschools join together under one association. They operate just like ‘stand-alone’ centres with parents elected to a variety of roles on the Parent Group (previously known as committee). At the local level, though, parents get to enjoy participation in kinder activities, fundraising, minor maintenance and local promotion without being burdened by the responsibilities of human resource management and payroll, departmental liaison, roll-out of government initiatives, the obligations of financial and legal reporting as well as meeting the deadlines of other scheduled tasks in relation to kindergarten data collection and those associated with running ‘the business’ of a kindergarten such as timetabling, budgeting and credit control. These are complex tasks for which parents should not be expected to volunteer and be held responsible. Under EYM, these all are carried out by administration staff.
In 2007, a review was undertaken to determine the status of what was then called, ‘the kindergarten cluster management initiative’. The review found that parents directly benefit as a result of the reduced pressure on them to manage services and that kindergarten staff are offered a more stable and supportive management model where their professional and personal development is valued and considered over a longer period of time. Ten years down the track, Yarra Ranges Kindergartens Inc. has more than doubled the number of centres it looks after; testimony to the success of EYM.
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Comprehensive administration of each kinder is carried out by paid staff and overall management and association representation is delegated by the Board to the Executive Officer.