An update from our CEO - February 2019

14 February 2019

Dear ECMS families

Welcome to you if you are joining us for the first time, and welcome back if you are re-joining us for 2019. We hope your child is settling well into their kindergarten or early learning centre.

Throughout the year we will welcome opportunities to engage with you, through our parent survey, our online presence (Storypark) and via other communication channels. Your feedback is valuable as we want to ensure the time your child is enrolled and attending an ECMS service, they have fun, enjoyable play-based learning experiences, opportunities to build friendships and have a safe and caring environment.

At ECMS we are proud to have wonderful staff across our services and in our Northcote Support Services team, working together to make a difference for your child.

We recently celebrated the opening of The Altona Early Years Hub. The Hon Jill Hennessy MP, Attorney General, Minister for Workplace Safety and Member for Altona district, and the Mayor of Hobsons Bay officially launched our newest precinct. Kay Gibbons, our Board Chair, also spoke, and staff and members of the ECMS Board made up the 45 guests.

We are very excited about the forthcoming visit to ECMS by world-renowned author and early childhood consultant Ann Pelo. Ann works with early childhood teachers and educators focusing on social justice, Reggio-inspired pedagogy and inquiry-based teaching. She will be undertaking professional development with our staff and visiting some of our centres during March.

As CEO of ECMS, I work closely with a number of local and national Associations, including ELACCA (Early Learning and Care Council of Australia), ELAA (Early Learning Association Australia), and as the National Secretary of ACCS (Australian Community Children’s Services). This work is important, particularly leading into a Federal Election, as we need to keep advocating for affordable and accessible high-quality early childhood education for your children in the years prior to formal schooling.

Kim Bertino