Early Years Strategy 2015-2018

The Early Years Strategy 2015-2018 provides direction about how Yarra’s services and activities will be planned and delivered to ensure that young children feel safe, welcomed and confident as they move about their city of Yarra.  

This Strategy is informed by the voices of children and is a response to children’s ideas and interests as well as those of their families and the community of Yarra.   It builds on the work undertaken in the previous Early Years Strategy and is informed by sector research and policy.

Yarra City Council is committed to ensuring that there is an integrated and coordinated approach to planning and delivering services for children across their key life phases and transition points.   The Early Years Strategy has been developed as part of an integrated policy platform and joins with our Middle Years Strategy (8 to 12 years) and the Youth Policy (12 - 25 years).  Collectively these plans provide the foundation for Council to build shared understanding and consistent approaches to supporting and working with children, young people and families.

Thank you to everyone - especially the children - who contributed to the development of this Early Years Strategy

View the Early Years Strategy

pdf format Early Years Strategy 2015-18 (1,002.23 KB)

More information

The draft Early Years Strategy was informed by community consultations which included:

  • Consultations with early and middle years children and their families were conducted by the Youth Research Centre, University of Melbourne.
    The research team consulted with 124 children and 159 families from across Yarra. Consultations aimed to identify the views and experiences of children (from birth to 12 years of age) and their families on the factors that strengthened and/or limit children’s and families quality of life and participation in Yarra.
    pdf format Early and Middle Years Consultation Children and Families Report - University of Melbourne 2013 (2.34 MB)


  • Consultations with the early and middle years sector, and community agencies were conducted the Centre for Community Child Health, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.
    103 representatives from children, family and youth services, schools and internal council branches were consulted through a facilitated workshop, online surveys and focus groups.
    pdf format Report_Consultation with the Early and Middle Years Sector in the City of Yarra_July 2013 (1.50 MB)


  • 763 households completed either hard copy or face-to-face interview style surveys in 2013. Council conducted the online surveys and Metropolis Research was engaged to conduct the face-to- face surveys and collate the findings.
    The surveys aimed to explore priority areas for children and young people; factors that contribute to a happy life for children and young people and to identify their biggest worries and concerns.
    In addition, the surveys also explored views as to whether Yarra is a good place for children and young people to live/grow up; and ways in which they contribute positively to the Yarra community.
    pdf format 2013 Famiy Youth and Children Survey Report, Metropolis Research (586.55 KB)


In addition, consultations were held with the Yarra Early Years Reference Group. 
A background paper is available here: pdf format Background Report – Policy and Thematic Analysis for draft Early Years Strategy (806.32 KB)


Further information
Lisa Wilkins
Acting Manager - Family and Children's Services
9205 5440
Lisa.Wilkins@yarracity.vic.gov.au

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