The Eureka Community Kindergarten Association (ECKA) is a not-for-profit Early Years Manager, providing Management and Employment Services for 24 early childhood education services (Kindergarten, Long Day Care and Occasional Care) in the Ballarat and surrounding area. ECKA was established in 2003 by a group of volunteers from seven founding Community Kindergartens.
All parents/guardians with a child attending an early childhood education service managed by ECKA, are members of ECKA Inc. ECKA is licensed by the Department of Education and Training (DET) to operate children’s services, and as such are responsible for ensuring compliance with State Government licensing requirements. All early childhood services managed by ECKA provide a State Government funded kindergarten program for children in the year before they attend school.
ECKA Management and Administration Staff are responsible for all operational aspects of the early childhood education service, including managing staff, financial management, maintenance and compliance. Parent groups are not responsible for these areas in ECKA managed services.
Early childhood education services managed by ECKA have a parent group/committee that support the kindergarten with organisation of fundraising and social activities, assistance with working bees and other activities requested by staff. ECKA Administration staff assist all parent groups to fulfill their roles and provide support and assistance with all aspects of the running of the parent groups. Further information in relation to the operation of the parent groups/committee at each kindergarten can be obtained from the current parent group members, staff, or phoning the ECKA office on P: 53395055.
Board of Management
ECKA is operated by a Board of Management as required under the ECKA Constitution. The Board consists of 5-11 elected representatives. These Board members come from the parents of children attending ECKA Managed kindergartens as well as the wider community.
All members are invited to attend these meetings and notice is sent to each family via the ECKA Parent newsletter distributed each term
ECKA employs Administrative Staff to undertake, under the direction of the Board, the day to day running of the organisation. The Board are responsible for the broader issues such as; development of policy direction, ensuring the proper financial operation of ECKA, compliance with legislative requirements, strategic development and direction for the organisation.
Board Charter Overview
- The ECKA board is primarily responsible for ensuring that ECKA has an appropriate corporate governance structure.
- The board is also responsible for ensuring that management recognises the board’s legal and other obligations to all stakeholders.
- The board’s obligations to its stakeholders require that appropriate accountability and control systems are in place.
- This board charter explains the organisation’s commitment to corporate governance. It is not an “all inclusive” document and should be read as a broad expression of principles.
- The board will review this charter on an annual basis
- This charter will be made available to each board and sub-committee member and will be available to members and stakeholders on request.
Board Recruitment Procedure
- When recruiting members to the board, the board must ensure that the provisions in the ECKA constitution with regard to membership, term of office, tenure of members etc. are complied with.
- Members of the ECKA Board are responsible for identifying new board members and contacting potential members for the ECKA Board and it sub-committees. Where there is a need to fill a casual vacancy on the ECKA Board, Board members are responsible to identify an appropriate candidate.