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Download the Horsham & District Early Years Plan
Horsham Rural City Council and its partners are committed to strengthening and empowering early years providers and the local community so that collectively they are able to provide the best possible outcomes for children and families living in Horsham & District .
Early years services, programs and facilities typically consist of:

  • Long day care
  • Occasional care
  • Family day care
  • Kindergarten
  • Primary school
  • Outside school hours care
  • Maternal and Child Health service
  • Playgroup
  • Parenting groups / classes / courses
  • Support groups
  • Early childhood intervention services
  • Cultural activities, e.g. toy library, story time at the library
  • Physical activities, e.g. learn to swim, modified sports, etc
  • Playgrounds

Both Council and its partners recognise just how important investment in the early years is in terms of maximising children's health, social and emotional wellbeing, as well as their intellectual development. By investing in early years and addressing disadvantage, it is possible to break the cycle of disadvantage and end generations of disengagement for families and whole communities.
The Horsham Early Years Network, which has been established to help develop the Municipal Early Years Plan (MEYP), has identified a new model for delivery of early years services, programs and facilities locally. Instead of focusing on each individual service or agency providing their own services, programs or facilities in relative isolation from others, the new approach focuses on a holistic, collaborative and integrated early years model whereby agencies work in genuine partnership with one another, focusing specifically on the most effective way to collectively meet the needs of children and families. Underpinning this new model of integrated service delivery are the values of trust, respect, diversity, equity and excellence and the recognition that it takes a whole of community approach in order to achieve the best outcomes.

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