Background to KCM
Kindergarten cluster management strengthens the delivery of universal kindergarten services across Victoria. The kindergarten cluster management initiative provides parents with more flexible options for participating in kindergarten programs, and creates a more consistent and professional employment model for kindergarten staff while facilitating strong local partnerships.
Adding an additional location to your KCM
Kindergarten Cluster Managers must seek approval from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) for each additional kindergarten service they wish to add to their cluster. Expansion plans should be discussed with the appropriate regional DEECD staff.
Applications to add an additional service(s) to your kindergarten cluster management organisation must be submitted through the Kindergarten Information Management system.
See: Kindergarten Information Management
Kindergarten Cluster Management Policy Framework
The Kindergarten Cluster Management Policy Framework emphasises the importance of kindergarten cluster management as a key strategy to build a stronger and more responsive and effective kindergarten system across the state. Partnerships with families, the community and all levels of government, coupled with effective management, form the foundation of kindergarten cluster management in Victoria.
The framework defines Victoria’s approach to the management of kindergartens and progresses the Government’s agenda for system improvement. The framework responds to the review of kindergarten cluster management and will also contribute to the reform of the sector that is required to meet the national early childhood reform agenda.
The framework outlines five key components to guide all organisations involved in kindergarten cluster management. Kindergarten cluster managers will:
be geographically based
demonstrate robust governance and support infrastructure
participate in local partnerships
provide professional development opportunities and career pathways for kindergarten staff
foster a culture of continuous improvement.
See: Kindergarten Cluster Management Policy Framework (PDF - 595Kb) (pdf - 594.54kb)
Specifications are available to assist prospective service providers in preparing a submission to be approved as a kindergarten cluster management organisation in Victoria.
The specifications for new kindergarten cluster managers have been updated to support the implementation of the new kindergarten cluster management policy. The updated specifications will also inform strategic planning directions for existing kindergarten cluster management organisations.
The specifications are outlined here:
Kindergarten Cluster Management - Application to become a kindergarten cluster management organisation (DOCX - 255 KB) (docx - 266.92kb) − outlines the legal requirements and conditions, specifications to be addressed in an application and how applications will be evaluated by the Department.
Organisations interested in becoming kindergarten cluster managers should read this documentation and contact the regional office of DEECD to discuss the application process.
Commencing 2009–10, all kindergarten cluster managers are required to complete an annual Kindergarten Cluster Management Service Improvement Plan as part of their Service Agreement with DEECD. The plans will document strategies and measurable targets to guide service improvement based on the five key components of the kindergarten cluster management policy framework.
Cluster managers complete Service Improvement Plans in consultation with their services. A Word version of the template is available through the DEECD regional staff supporting Kindergarten Cluster Management services.
For a list of regional DEECD offices, see: Regional Offices
For more information, see: Frequently Asked Questions (PDF - 79Kb) (pdf - 79.41kb)