Barwon Child, Youth & Family Kindergarten Expansion

Glastonbury Community Services (Glastonbury) has recently received State approval to expand its Kindergarten Cluster Management (KCM) program to include Geelong and the Surf Coast. Glastonbury is currently an approved Kindergarten Cluster Manager under the State Government Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) in the Colac Otway Shire and was delighted to recently receive approval to provide expanded cluster management services for the City of Greater Geelong and the Surf Coast Shire.

Glastonbury’s vision is that ‘all children, young people and families will be happy, healthy and heard’ and, supporting this, there are three key focus areas that transcend Glastonbury’s Early Years Intervention Services: Enhancing Child Development, Strengthening the Parent and Child Relationship and Creating Sustainable Community Linkages for families. Glastonbury has maintained a strong focus on growing Early Years’ Services and now has a comprehensive range of Early Years services being offered across the Barwon area. Kindergarten Cluster Management has been a natural extension to these programs.

Glastonbury CEO, Mr Sandy Morrison said; “We are delighted to be expanding our Kindergarten Cluster Management Program across the Barwon Area and as demonstrated through our Colac services we are committed to working in partnership with educators, parents and the kindergarten committees to build and develop optimal education and care services across the local area.” Furthermore, he added, “Early childhood education and care is a critically important service in our community and all children should have access to quality programs, based on strong educational foundations. We are committed to enhancing service provision in partnership with educators and parents wherever we can.”

Glastonbury is a Geelong-based organisation that supports local children, young people and families. Fundamentally, Glastonbury is committed to building and growing a stronger kindergarten cluster management system aligned with the agency mission and vision. The cluster managed by Glastonbury sits within a broader early years platform and will ensure that these critical early years services are connected and aligned to a broader early intervention service system. “We are very happy to hear from any local kindergartens or long day care programs that would like to explore joining Glastonbury’s Kindergarten Cluster Management Service” Mr Morrison said.

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