Rochester Kindergarten will become part of a cluster with three other Campaspe Shire kindergartensGRAHAM WILLIS August 7, 2014 3:33am
Changes to district kindergarten services moved a step further last week with representatives of four kindergarten committees and staff hearing a presentation from a potential cluster manager.
Campaspe Shire council completed a review of its kindergarten services earlier this year and sought expressions of interest for the operation of its council-managed kindergartens at Rochester, Lockington, Tongala and Gunbower.
‘‘The presentation provided the opportunity for representatives to not only hear from the organisation, but to ask questions in an open format,’’ shire people and place general manager Paul McKenzie said.
Fourteen government-funded kindergartens operate within the shire.
Nine are already managed by independent cluster managers or committees of management.
Council manages five sites, with one ceasing operation in 2015 and the remaining four to transfer to a new cluster manager.
Cluster management is the kindergarten management model preferred by the Victorian Government.
Cluster managers receive an annual government grant per site to manage the service.
‘‘Cluster managers are quality accredited and expert at what they do,’’ Mr McKenzie said.
‘‘The kindergarten cluster manager is responsible for the overall management of the kindergartens in the cluster and arrangements can be tailored to meet the needs of local communities.
‘‘Council believes that transitioning the four kindergarten services to a cluster management model will improve services to families and result in cost savings to council, which means better value to the community in the long term.’’
A new cluster manager is expected to be appointed before the end of the year.
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