Hepburn Council develops draft Early and Middle Years Strategy

Hepburn Council develops draft Early and Middle Years Strategy

by Freya Lucas

April 14, 2022

Victoria’s Hepburn Council has developed a draft Early and Middle Years Strategy 2022-2030 which aims to plan and prepare for family growth and the development needs of early years and middle years children in the council area. 

 

The strategy provides direction for the development and coordination of services, programs, infrastructure, activities, and local community development processes that impact children aged from birth to 12 years of age living in Hepburn Shire.

 

Special attention has been given to children aged from birth to eight years of age, Mayor Tim Drylie explained, because of the well established evidence base which shows that the first eight years play a significant role in the growth and development of children across a lifetime. 

 

“Specific focus on the ages of 0-8 years enables early intervention to ensure each child receives the best start in life and no child is left behind,” he said. 

 

The Early and Middle Years Strategy 2022-2030 outlines a vision where all children who live in Hepburn Shire get the best start in life and go on to reach their potential, he continued, while also demonstrating the Council’s commitment to children and young people. 

 

“It highlights the support and investment we will provide to our children and families to play and participate in their community, and to grow and develop at each stage of life,” Mayor Drylie added. 

 

“Council takes seriously its role in leading policy direction, coordinating and collaboration with partners, the provision of infrastructure and programs, advocacy and strengthening community capacity.

 

To comment on the draft Strategy please see here.

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