At last night’s Council meeting, officers presented a recommendation to defer the Children’s Services business case and review of the Implementation of Every Child, Our Future Children’s Services Policy from 12 months to 2 years. 

The ASU presented at the Council meeting on behalf of all early learning educators at the City of Port Phillip. 

The ASU asked that Council not defer the business case which would continue uncertainty for staff and families and instead abandon the review altogether. 

A motion was put by Councillor Crawford to undertake an analysis of the public interest, in Council directly operating the four centres and what risks if any, there are of transitioning the centres. The analysis of the public interest will be reported back at the Council meeting on 5 August. 

Councillor Crawford’s motion was supported by six Councillors and opposed by two. No further development of the business case will be undertaken until the public interest test is completed.

The Covid- 19 experience has highlighted the unwavering need for professional early childhood educators. 

City of Port Phillip educators have demonstrated resilience and an ability to provide the families of Port Phillip with a safe and secure learning environment during these tumultuous times. 

Council should be proud of their excellent educators, rather than creating more anxiety for them and the families.

The ASU will continue to advocate on behalf of members in Children’s Services, and we will communicate when more information is available. 

For further information please contact:
ASU Organiser Hayley Davies | 0428 161 681 | hdavies@asuvictas.com.au

P.S. Your membership is your strength, know someone who is not a member? Pass this meeting notice onto them and ask them to join online at www.asu.asn.au/asujoin

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