Early Years Management (EYM)
Formerly known as Kindergarten Cluster Management (KCM) organisations, EYM organisations provide leadership and management to funded community-based kindergarten services.
EYMs work collaboratively with EYM partners, such as the Department of Education and Training (DET), Southern Grampians Shire Council, families and PAGs to deliver improved outcomes for children, and to ensure service delivery is guided by the EYM outcomes.
Responsibilities of an EYM
- Provide service delivery according to their regulatory obligations, the policy framework, the EYM Kindergarten Operating Guidelines, The Kindergarten Guide, the NQF and Funding and Service Agreements.
- Assume all the responsibilities of an approved
provider as specified in the National Law and the regulation.
- Establish and review effective governance practices that support professional leadership and management systems.
- Contribute to policy development, sector planning, policy reform implementation and service design.
EYMs are specifically responsible for:
- Strategically planning for the future to ensure the organisation is viable, in step with policy reforms and positioned to implement innovation.
- Engaging with the local community to gain a broad understanding of the needs that relate to the services they manage, and working collaboratively with local government, schools and other service providers to plan for and provide responsive services.
- Driving access for all children, and proactively seeking the participation of children experiencing vulnerability or disadvantage, Aboriginal children, children from newly arrived communities, and children with disabilities or developmental delays.
- Engaging families, parents and the broader community in decisions about policies and the educational experiences of children in their services.
- Employing, managing and developing staff.
- Financial management to support the strategic management of all resources – including Department funding, parent fees, and fundraising (including monies held in reserve) – to ensure service provision is viable and delivered in the best interests of the community.
- Continuously improving through performance monitoring.
As an EYM, CPSG:
- Ensures that the work of CPSG and the services it delivers match the purpose and mission.
- Ensures the Policies and Procedures of the organisation are current and applied.
- Oversees the implementation of the Strategic Plan and Service Improvement Plan (SIP) to ensure CPSG remains viable.
- Receives all DET funding on behalf of kindergartens and is responsible for reporting and accountabilities to DET.
- Ensures CPSG is financially sustainable to support service delivery at all kindergartens by undertaking responsibility for the financial management required to support the strategic management of all resources, including DET funding, parent fees and fundraising.
- Employs, manages and develops staff including all kindergarten staff, the Executive Officer and Finance officer and includes management of all payroll and leave entitlements.
- Engages with the local community to gain a broad understanding of the needs that relate to the services we manage, and working with local government, schools and other service providers to plan for and provide responsive services.
- Works continuously to drive improvement through performance monitoring of framework outcomes of sustainable and responsive services, access and participation, quality and innovation, highly skilled and collaborative workforce, strong partnerships.