Baw Baw Shire Council formally endorses MEYP 2024 - 2027
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Baw Baw Shire Council formally endorses MEYP 2024 – 2027

by Freya Lucas

February 12, 2024

This week the Baw Baw Shire Council formally endorsed the Municipal Early Years Plan 2024-2027 (MEYP), a plan that will ensure the Council’s youngest citizens are “carefully planned for and well looked after.” 


This Plan articulates a strategic direction for the coordination and development of early years programs in Baw Baw and clarifies Council’s roles and responsibilities in the early years sector.


The MEYP, Baw Baw Shire Mayor Cr Annemarie McCabe said, marks an important milestone for the Council and follows a period of extensive consultation with a broad section of the community. 


“Throughout the development of this Plan, Council engaged directly with our local children, who filled out 185 surveys for us,” the Mayor said.


“I think this is so fantastic, as it allowed us to hear from the people who really matter in this plan and who it will affect the most.”


The MEYP stresses the importance of caring for and planning for children’s development, and ensuring that the Council is taking responsibility for providing enough services and activities for young children to thrive in Baw Baw. 


During the community consultation period the Council uncovered that places and spaces, nature-based activities and outdoor play centres and play spaces matter most to local families.


“Through this Plan, Council will endeavour to deliver what our community has asked for,” the Mayor said.


“We know that what children learn in the early years really sets the foundations for their future, so we want to ensure we contribute to a positive development in any way we can.”


Baw Baw Shire Council provides and runs a Family Day Care Service, manages the Central Enrolment and Registration process for kindergartens, and employs a number of Maternal and Child Health nurses. It also runs a Preschool Field Officer Program, as well as supported playgroups.


In May this year, Council will host the inaugural Early Years Careers Expo, an opportunity for the community to come along and find out more about a career in this sector. Expressions of Interests to be a stallholder at this event are currently open.


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