Early Years Service Brief: Alpine Resorts Victoria

by | Jun 11, 2024 | Government | 0 comments

COLLABORATING WITH ALPINE RESORTS VICTORIA AMIDST THE BREATHTAKING BEAUTY OF ITS ALPINE SETTINGS, NMC ARE DEVELOPING THE EARLY YEARS SERVICES BRIEF FOR FALLS CREEK AND ITS SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES.

Operating as a statutory authority, Alpine Resorts Victoria (ARV) offers strategic guidance in the administration of Victoria’s six alpine resorts: Falls Creek, Mt Buller, Mt Hotham, Mt Baw Baw, Mt Stirling, and Lake Mountain. ARV also assumes responsibility for managing early years service provision within the Falls Creek community.

ARV has recognised the imperative of gaining a thorough understanding of their early years’ services, a task they are approaching through community and stakeholder engagement, coupled with a comprehensive analysis of the current landscape. Several pivotal inquiries have now emerged: What are the nuanced early years service needs within the community? How are the reforms outlined in the Best Start, Best Life initiative impacting existing infrastructure? Are there viable partnerships that could be forged to fortify early years services, and if so, what might they entail?

There is also a pressing need to scrutinise the current state of early years workforce, identifying challenges and formulating strategies to ensure its sustainability into the future.

These four focal points — Childcare, Kindergarten, Infrastructure, and the Early Years Services Workforce — serve as the cornerstone of the Early Years Services Brief, guiding strategic planning and resource allocation for the advancement of ARV’s early years’ initiatives.

The complexities of a seasonal workforce

The shortage of early years workforce and the inconsistency across green and white seasons at Falls Creek present a unique set of challenges for the early years sector. Shortages can have significant implications for families seeking early years services, as well as for early childhood education (ECE) providers striving to maintain quality standards. During the green season, demand for services and associated employment opportunities dwindles, while the white season sees a surge in visitors, resulting in a sudden spike in staff demand.

Data-driven decision-making harnesses the power of evidence and insights to inform strategic choices, optimise outcomes, and drive continuous improvement across all facets of an organisation or endeavour.

Evidence-based and data-driven frameworks extend to addressing the challenges of early years services in a highly seasonal destination. By systematically analysing the fluctuations in demand for childcare services throughout the year, a comprehensive understanding of the nuanced dynamics at play can be obtained. This examination identifies trends, anticipates peak periods, and allocates resources strategically to meet the complex needs of Falls Creek.

By leveraging data-driven insights, NMC can enhance the resilience and responsiveness of early years services in seasonal settings, ultimately contributing to the well-being and development of children in regional Victorian communities.

“Data is an indispensable tool for navigating
seasonal workforce challenges, offering
insights into performance benchmarks and
guiding strategic decisions for organisations. I
never tackle challenges without data-driven
insights.”

Dariya Otgonbayar

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