Early Years Management

Shine Bright EYM is a not for profit community based organisation that operates with the needs of children and families as its highest priority. We currently manage 40 kindergartens in both large and small rural towns across Central Victoria.

Shine Bright EYM had its beginnings in the 1980’s when a group of parents formed the Bendigo and District Kindergarten Parents Association (BDKPA) to provide a central enrolment service to Bendigo Families. The BDKPA was run by volunteers until 2004 when it successfully applied to become a cluster manager and was renamed Loddon Mallee Preschool Association (LMPA).

LMPA then employed paid staff members and expanded it’s services to the kindergartens who joined the cluster while continuing to provide central enrolment services to all kindergartens in Bendigo and Swan Hill. LMPA assumed much of the responsibilities and management previously carried out by voluntary parent committee. LMPA was renamed Shine Bright EYM in 2018 and all the member kindergartens became Shine Bright to better reflect the belonging to one organisation all working together.

The purpose of a Kindergarten Cluster Manager (KCM) was to:

  • Remove the administrative and management burden on volunteer parent committees
  • Strengthen the delivery of community-based kindergarten programs
  • Improve the sustainability of kindergarten services for the community in the long term
  • Provide kindergarten staff with professional and consistent employment arrangements

Today the name of the KCM has changed to Early Years Management (EYM) to better reflect the broader role KCM organisations fulfil in delivering additional early years services. The role of an Early Years Manager also includes the support of:

  • Key policy directions such as the integration of early childhood education and care
  • Strong local service networks that include other early childhood services and schools
  • Effective local planning
  • Partnerships with families, the community and all levels of government
“I strongly believe that a great kindergarten experience will be key to our children’s success in future years”  David Richmond, Chair of the Board


Shine Bright EYM is overseen by a Board of Management Directors who serve on a volunteer basis. The Board is made up of carefully selected community members who bring key skills to support Shine Bright EYM such as finance, strategic planning, early childhood education and information technology knowledge.  Each Board member is required to operate in Shine Bright EYM’s best interests, holding the core values and purpose, vision and mission statements as heartfelt aims.

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Shine Bright EYM Strategic Direction


We are an organisation that champions for children now, for a better tomorrow


To make every moment matter


  • Teaching and learning today as an enabler for opportunity
  • Advocacy as a way of influencing positive change
  • Community engagement and development as a way of supporting children and their families
  • Evidence based practice which leads to innovation


Organisations craft their identity and activities around a range of drivers and desires. At Shine Bright EYM we have identified a range of key goals that we are aiming to achieve during the period of our strategic plan.

Key Goal 1: Shaping education through innovative teaching and learning practices

Key Goal 2: A great place to work, be and grow

Key Goal 3: Excellence in organisational governance and support

Key Goal 4: Our connection and commitment to children, families and communities

Key Goal 5: Strategic Growth and renewal

These goals are underpinned by a range of drivers which will continue to strengthen our organisation by building both its capabilities and capacity. We acknowledge that we are in a unique position as one of the largest regional providers of early childhood education and care with a strong and focused commitment on resourcing our employees to achieve excellence as well as being an influential organisation in the Victorian early education and care landscape.

From humble beginnings we have grown as an organisation and intend to continue to evolve as a strategic player within and outside of the communities we serve. Our philosophy of practice is further strengthened around the philosophy of one team. As such, this places our organisation in the ideal position to continue to grow and evolve.

Shine Bright EYM has identified a variety of unique points of differences that sets it apart from other providers of early years organisations. These points of differences include:

  • A focus on the kindergarten years
  • The delivery of bush kindergarten/nature play programs and
  • Specialist knowledge of the early years

Our strategic plan is framed around

  • Outcomes – what do we hope and dream for?
  • Actions/Initiatives – what can we do to achieve these outcomes?
  • Success statement for families and children – what will success look and feel like for families and children who access our educational programs?
  • Success statement for Shine Bright – what will success look and feel like for our staff and Board?

Shine Bright EYM Key Responsibilities

As the manager of early childhood services, Shine Bright EYM accepts legal responsibility for:

  • Service Approvals and regulatory compliance
  • Policy development and implementation
  • Daily support to all staff
  • Financial management
  • Human resource management
  • Building leases and maintenance

Shine Bright EYM Performance

To ensure Shine Bright EYM is accountable to the early childhood community, measures of performance are undertaken on a regular basis as follows:

Mandatory evaluation

  • External annual financial audit report
  • External Financial accountability to Department of Education and Training (DET) as primary funding body
  • Quality audits via DET of Shine Bright EYM and its services (Assessment and Rating)
  • Internal and external user satisfaction surveys conducted annually with families


Voluntary evaluation

  • Internal Stakeholders surveys conducted annually with staff
  • Internal Organisational Climate surveys conducted with Shine Bright EYM staff


Further Information

For more information about Shine Bright EYM, or to find out how your kindergarten can join Shine Bright EYM, contact Shine Bright

Shine Bright is a Registered Charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission

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