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Leadership team terms of reference

Children’s centres and children and family centres bring together interdisciplinary teams with a range of professional expertise, knowledge and responsibilities underpinned by a shared commitment that children and families will experience seamless service delivery.


The leadership team shares leadership responsibilities and takes on collective responsibility for integrated service delivery.

Roles and responsibilities

The leadership team will:

  • contribute to the development of a centre vision and values
  • monitor, report and contribute to the achievement of the National Quality Standard requirements
  • develop program and service priorities based on the centre vision, advice from the parent engagement group on any service gaps and the outcomes framework (PDF 140 KB)
  • develop and consider program proposals and provide advice to the partnership group and governing council on agreed proposals
  • develop strategies for encouraging broad community participation and engagement based on advice from the parent engagement group
  • consider and resolve operational issues including staffing and facilities matters
  • coordinate the use of facilities in line with the vision, outcomes framework (PDF 140 KB) and advice from the parent engagement group
  • monitor service outcomes and provide advice to continuously improve services
  • share strategies and responses for individual children and families and program and practice directions and highlights
  • determine and provide common training and professional development
  • undertake data collection, monitoring and reporting on agreed outcomes
  • share and analyse relevant data and research, including the Australian early development census (AEDC)
  • coordinate grant applications and potential resources to achieve outcome priorities
  • develop use of facilities agreements as required
  • provide representation on the partnership, regional planning and parent engagement groups.


Membership of the leadership team consists of:

  • centre director or head of school early years
  • community development coordinator
  • allied health staff (if appointed)
  • family services coordinator (if appointed).

And may include:

  • a preschool staff member
  • school principal
  • assistant director (if appointed).

In the first instance, the centre director or head of school early years will chair the group. The group can then elect a chair.

Meeting frequency

The leadership team meets as frequently as needed, but at least 12 times per year.  


Children's centres team

Phone: 8226 2439
Email: Education.ChildrensCentres [at] sa.gov.au