Change for lo­cal pre-school man­age­ment set-up

Alpine Observer - - News - BY TATE SPITERI

AD­MIN­IS­TRA­TION of the Myrtle­ford Preschool will trans­fer to Alpine Chil­dren’s Ser­vices (ACS) fol­low­ing a re­cent unan­i­mous de­ci­sion by the kinder’s com­mit­tee.

The move was driven by the in­creas­ing le­gal and reg­u­la­tory re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and work­load of the ex­ist­ing preschool com­mit­tee and was con­firmed by Alpine Chil­dren’s Ser­vices gen­eral man­ager Jenny Grif­fiths last week.

A de­crease in vol­un­teer avail­abil­ity and the bur­den that man­age- ment func­tions and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties placed on the helpers also con­trib­uted to the de­ci­sion to hand the preschool over to the not-for-profit com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Myrtle­ford Preschool pres­i­dent Kate Vescio said the com­mit­tee wanted to be “just par­ents”.

“We came to­gether and de­cided it was some­thing that would be worth­while, we want to be able to come in and en­joy all the fun stuff that goes with preschool like com­ing in and see­ing how your kids are go­ing in­stead of ba­si­cally run­ning a busi­ness,” she said.

“It would take half a year to re­ally get your head around all the ad­min­is­tra­tive stuff that hap­pens and then be­fore you know it there’s an­other com­mit­tee com­ing in.

“It also makes sense as a par­ent to be able to have ev­ery­thing all in the one place.”

A de­ci­sion re­gard­ing the makeup of the kinder­garten and child­care pro­gram ahead of the of­fi­cial trans­fer in Jan­uary 2019 is yet to be made.

All changes to the centre’s struc­ture will be in ef­fect by the be­gin­ning of term one next year.

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