ECA WebWatch – Issue 41, November#2 2007

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On the eve of the federal election, this issue of ECA WebWatch continues our look at the state of child care in Australia and provides an overview of what the major parties are offering the sector.In this issue:

  • The state of child care, part 2
  • Bullying and teasing in the classroom and on the internet
  • ECA election advocacy
  • Minister Brough and the Opposition Spokesperson discuss childcare policy.

And, as always, ECA WebWatch provides the latest early childhood news, important dates for your diary and great resources for home and services.

The state of child care in Australia, part 2

Following on from our feature topic in the last issue of ECA WebWatch, about 'the state of child care' (including ABC TV's debate on for-profit vs community care), we bring you a topical—and perhaps controversial—paper that asks some tough questions about the early childhood system in Australia.

ECA CEO, Pam Cahir: 'What matters in early childhood'
A must-read for those in the children's services sector: Early Childhood Australia CEO Pam Cahir's address at the Southern Cross University Symposium 'What matters in early childhood? A conversation with leading national and international experts'.

What you need to know about bullying

Cyberbullying and Online Teens (PDF)
This report from the Pew Internet & American Live Project looks at the burgeoning worldwide issue of cyberbullying. Although the focus is on 12–17-year-olds, this is such an important issue that we believe it falls under the umbrella of the care and education of children. This doument may be of help to families with older children.

According to the report:

'About one third (32%) of all teenagers who use the internet say they have been targets of a range of annoying and potentially menacing online activities – such as receiving threatening messages; having their private emails or text messages forwarded without consent; having an embarrassing picture posted without permission; or having rumors about them spread online.'

Bullying and teasing (Supporting Best Practice)
Five practical, quality-assured links from ECA's Supporting Best Practice web directory, providing practical advice for children, parents and carers.

Early Childhood Australia advocacy

Last week, both Coalition and Labor parties officially launched their election campaigns. Early Childhood Australia examined what both parties are offering the early childhood sector.

ECA Federal Election Agenda
As you will all know, the federal election is to be held this Saturday 24 November. We have had an outstanding response to our 'Put your hand up for children' e-card campaign.

Australian Greens respond to Early Childhood Australia election agenda
Yesterday we received another response to our election e-card campaign – see how the Australian Greens respond to Early Childhood Australia's 5-point Election Agenda.

ECA's 5-point Election Agenda and e-card is available to view online.
View responses from the other political parties:

Thanks to all of you who joined the call to highlight early childhood issues at this year's election.

Political commitment to community-based child care

NACBCS election score card
Community Child Care, the Victorian Branch of the National Association of Community Based Children's Services have prepared this scorecard of how each party meets the NACBCS's demands for increased numbers of community-based, high-quality services which are affordable and support workforce development.

This year's best children's books

ECA's Best Picture Books of 2007
ECA's resident expert in children's literature, Jenni Connor, reviews 14 of this year's best children's books—including titles for babies and toddlers, preschoolers, school-starters and for families to share.

Minister Brough and Opposition Spokesperson on childcare policy

Childcare Associations Australia's Q&A
The Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Mal Brough, and Shadow Minister, Jenny Macklin, were recently asked a series of questions about childcare policy by Childcare Associations Australia's National President.

Mal Brough interview (PDF)
Read a transcript of Childcare Associations Australia's interview with the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

Jenny Macklin interview (PDF)
Read a transcript of Childcare Associations Australia's interview with the Opposition spokesperson for Families and Community Services, Indigenous Affairs and Reconciliation.

Upcoming conferences and events

Early Childhood Australia's online calendar is the quick and easy way to keep track of what's happening in early childhood.

Early Childhood Australia National Conference
Children: A nation's capital – Investing in our children
3–6 October 2008
National Convention Centre, Canberra
Don't miss Early Childhood Australia's 70th birthday conference – the call for papers is now open until 31 January 2008.

Frontiers of trauma treatment with children and young people
Examining the roles of attention, memory, arousal modulation and the therapeutic relationship.
30 November 2007
Rydges North Sydney
Dr Bessel van der Kolk is a US expert in the treatment of traumatised children and adults. He will present a full-day seminar focusing on integrating current understandings about the effects of trauma on brain functions into therapeutic processes.

Growing Up in Australia
Longitudinal Study of Australian Children Research Conference
3–4 December 2007
Oaks Hotel, Melbourne
The inaugural Growing Up in Australia Research Conference aims to provide a forum for the discussion of data from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children and to highlight its research potential.

Are you ready for the 2008 school year?

Your child's first year at school: A book for parents is the best-selling publication from Early Childhood Australia and the Australian Primary Principals Association, created to support parents whose children are beginning school for the first time.

Copies are available to primary school principals-parents and preschools can ask their local primary school to contact Early Childhood Australia for flyers and a review copy.

More Early Childhood Australia recommended publications

Leadership in early childhood (3rd edn) is an essential resource for early childhood practitioners who want to create successful childcare and early education settings.

The anti-bullying and teasing book for preschool classrooms is a practical resource focusing on controlling teasing and bullying by creating a caring and supportive environment.

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