A better future for Port Phillip children

Thank you for your interest in this project. The Children's Services Policy objectives were endorsed at Council Meeting on 5 September 2018. The next phase of consultation will take place later in 2018.

Council wants your ideas and input to develop a new Children's Services Policy to improve outcomes for children and families in the City. We're asking for your help to re-imagine how children's services are delivered in the future. To understand the challenges and opportunities, read the Summary (updated 3 July 2018) or the Information Pack (updated 27 June 2018).

September update

At the Council Meeting on 5 September 2018 Council endorsed the Children's Services Policy objectives. For more information on these seven objectives can be found in the News tab below.

What's next?

The next phase of community

Council wants your ideas and input to develop a new Children's Services Policy to improve outcomes for children and families in the City. We're asking for your help to re-imagine how children's services are delivered in the future. To understand the challenges and opportunities, read the Summary (updated 3 July 2018) or the Information Pack (updated 27 June 2018).

September update

At the Council Meeting on 5 September 2018 Council endorsed the Children's Services Policy objectives. For more information on these seven objectives can be found in the News tab below.

What's next?

The next phase of community engagement will occur later in 2018 to inform how our services can achieve the agreed policy objectives of the Children's Services Policy.

Please note that Summary and the Info Pack in the Key Documents section have been updated. There has been a correction to the figure on page 2 of the Summary and page 8 of the Info Pack. The correction relates to Council’s $8,186,658 contribution to community-managed childcare centres. This figure is Council’s contribution over 10 years. The contribution made to community-managed childcare centres in 2017/18 is $1,078,520.

Thank you for your interest in this project. The Children's Services Policy objectives were endorsed at Council Meeting on 5 September 2018. The next phase of consultation will take place later in 2018.
  • Exciting steps forward for Children’s Services in Port Phillip

    2 months ago

    Port Phillip is collaboratively designing a new policy for children in the municipality. The 5 September 2018 Council meeting marked a big step in the right direction for Children’s Service in Port Phillip when Council successfully endorsed the Children’s Services Policy objectives. These are:

    1. Council will work with partners to ensure that every child, regardless of their abilities or background, will have access to affordable, safe, accessible, quality Early Years services to support development to their full potential.
    2. Council will understand current and future needs of families in the city and influence the provision of Early Years services to meet the those needs.
    3. Early Years services will be financially sustainable and consistently aligned with relevant policies and legislation at the local, state and federal level.
    4. Council will encourage collaboration across all Early Years’ services.
    5. Families will have access to the services and information they need, at the times they need it, to make choices appropriate for their needs.
    6. Early Years services will be supported by safe, accessible, contemporary, fit-for-purpose, sustainable facilities and environments.
    7. Children will have access to natural environments which allow them to learn about and experience play in nature. This includes natural environments within early years services

    The seven objectives were developed collaboratively with the community, not for profit, independent and council children’s service providers of Port Phillip. Port Phillip children also participated in the collaboration.

    The success of this decision has reinforced the strength of our community’s voice in defining priorities and provides a clear direction for the future of Children’s Services in Port Phillip.

    Port Phillip is collaboratively designing a new policy for children in the municipality. The 5 September 2018 Council meeting marked a big step in the right direction for Children’s Service in Port Phillip when Council successfully endorsed the Children’s Services Policy objectives. These are:

    1. Council will work with partners to ensure that every child, regardless of their abilities or background, will have access to affordable, safe, accessible, quality Early Years services to support development to their full potential.
    2. Council will understand current and future needs of families in the city and influence the provision of Early Years services to meet the those needs.
    3. Early Years services will be financially sustainable and consistently aligned with relevant policies and legislation at the local, state and federal level.
    4. Council will encourage collaboration across all Early Years’ services.
    5. Families will have access to the services and information they need, at the times they need it, to make choices appropriate for their needs.
    6. Early Years services will be supported by safe, accessible, contemporary, fit-for-purpose, sustainable facilities and environments.
    7. Children will have access to natural environments which allow them to learn about and experience play in nature. This includes natural environments within early years services

    The seven objectives were developed collaboratively with the community, not for profit, independent and council children’s service providers of Port Phillip. Port Phillip children also participated in the collaboration.

    The success of this decision has reinforced the strength of our community’s voice in defining priorities and provides a clear direction for the future of Children’s Services in Port Phillip.

  • Pop up sessions

    5 months ago
    Consultationspopup

    We'll be popping up at a number of locations and holding workshops over the next month.

    Drop-in sessions

    1. Saturday 23 June from 9.30 to 11.30 am at Elwood Toy Library
    2. Monday 25 June from 10 am to 12 noon at Albert Park Library
    3. Friday 29 June from 10 am to 12 noon at St Kilda Library
    4. Thursday 5 July from 2 to 4 pm at Skinners Playground
    5. Thursday 12 July from 5 to 7 pm at Port Melbourne Library

    Workshops
    These are fun, interactive sessions facilitated by an external consultant and will involve detailed exploration of the issues. RSVPs to children@portphillip.vic.gov.au are essential for the workshops.
    1. Tuesday 26 June from 6.30 to 8.30 pm at Bubup Nairm Family and Children's Centre
    2. Wednesday 27 June from 9.30 to 11.30 am at Port Melbourne Town Hall
    3. Tuesday 17 July from 6 to 9 pm at St Kilda Town Hall
    Please note this workshop on 17 July will bring together all the feedback from previous sessions to review ideas and identify what’s most important to the community.


    We'll be popping up at a number of locations and holding workshops over the next month.

    Drop-in sessions

    1. Saturday 23 June from 9.30 to 11.30 am at Elwood Toy Library
    2. Monday 25 June from 10 am to 12 noon at Albert Park Library
    3. Friday 29 June from 10 am to 12 noon at St Kilda Library
    4. Thursday 5 July from 2 to 4 pm at Skinners Playground
    5. Thursday 12 July from 5 to 7 pm at Port Melbourne Library

    Workshops
    These are fun, interactive sessions facilitated by an external consultant and will involve detailed exploration of the issues. RSVPs to children@portphillip.vic.gov.au are essential for the workshops.
    1. Tuesday 26 June from 6.30 to 8.30 pm at Bubup Nairm Family and Children's Centre
    2. Wednesday 27 June from 9.30 to 11.30 am at Port Melbourne Town Hall
    3. Tuesday 17 July from 6 to 9 pm at St Kilda Town Hall
    Please note this workshop on 17 July will bring together all the feedback from previous sessions to review ideas and identify what’s most important to the community.