ECA WebWatch – Issue 108 February 2011

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Welcome to the latest issue of the award winning ECA WebWatch. This issue features the NQF consultation forums.

In this issue:

  • National Quality Framework consultation forums
  • families not aware that they are eligible for childcare rebate
  • parents want assurance of ongoing professional support for teaching standards
  • strengthening culture, strengthening identity
  • Harmony Day—21 March 2011
  • new research shows poor support for new mothers with mental illness
  • latest issue of Foundations—now out!
  • children’s services and the state election forum—political landscapes, partnerships and our future
  • C&K conference Brisbane 2011—living in a child’s world
  • jelly baby month—support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Plus regular ECA WebWatch items:

  • Early Years Learning Framework Professional Learning Program update
  • quality–assured early childhood resources
  • ECA Greenwatch
  • how to join ECA on Facebook

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About Early Childhood Australia

National Quality Framework (NQF)

NQF consultation forums

The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, together with state and territory education departments and Early Childhood Australia, are running free consultation forums on the National Quality Framework during March 2011.

The NQF consultation forums will be held in capital cities and many regional areas. Locations and dates for the NQF forums can be accessed here.

It is hoped that the sessions will stimulate discussion and feedback on the draft regulations and the reforms more broadly, to ensure the regulations work in a practical way.

Pre-registration is required. To register online please click here. If you do not register online, we will request sign in at the session. Registration opens 30 minutes prior to the start of the forum.


Early Years Learning Framework Professional Learning Program update

Meet the EYLF PLP e-Newsletter author

Jenni Connor worked as an early childhood teacher, superintendent and a primary school principal. She also managed early childhood programs and wrote curriculum in Tasmania before becoming a freelance consultant. Jenni was a member of the Consortium developing the Early Years Learning Framework and is the writer for the EYLF PLP e-Newsletter series and other ECA publications. She undertakes field research into the learning of young children and adolescents and Indigenous education, and advises on the Australian Curriculum and Asia Education.

Jenni is currently travelling around Australia visiting and consulting with services about the EYLF. The following quote from Jenni is an indication of what's to come in the next EYLF PLP e-Newsletter, titled Getting to know the Learning Outcomes, due out 2 March:

Educators have had varied initial reactions to the idea of 'outcomes'. When they begin to work with the EYLF Outcomes they realise that they are rich and broad descriptions of lifelong learning, not the 'tick and flick' bits of mastery that they might fear.

How to join the EYLF PLP community on Facebook

If you already have a Facebook account, simply click here to land on our Welcome Page. Don’t forget to ‘like’ us to be kept updated.

If you’re new to Facebook but would like to join, creating an account is very easy. All you need is a valid email account.Head to www.facebook.comand ‘sign up’. You will receive an email to activate your account. From there, all you have to do is search for the EYLF PLP account, or click this link and ‘like’ us to be kept updated. For Facebook help, click here.

EYLF PLP Forum—quote of the week

The idea of involving parents is not about asking them to do our job but to draw on their expertise about their child. It really does depend on the way we frame the opportunity to work together. You seem to have hit on a great approach that engages parents in the things they are interested in… (Forum discussion thread: Planning with families—contribution 3)

Come and find out what this great approach is and contribute to this discussion—and other discussions—on the EYLF PLP Forum.


Families not aware that they are eligible for childcare rebate

‘The Federal Government is urging families to check their eligibility for childcare payments because up to 100,000 are not claiming the money.’ Child Care Minister Kate Ellis says that often parents are not aware that they are eligible for the childcare rebate. Read the full article here.


Parents want assurance of ongoing professional support for teaching standards

In the following media release the Australian Council of State School Organisations (ACSSO) voices its support for the introduction of National Professional Standards for teachers, acknowledging that ‘parents across Australia believe the key to a quality public education system is highly educated and highly motivated teachers’.


Strengthening culture, strengthening identity

The following report by SNAICC Chairperson Steve Larkins, looks at fostering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children’s health and wellbeing, by fostering the wellbeing and strength of entire Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.


Harmony Day—21 March 2011

Australia's national Harmony Day is about celebrating diversity andspreading the message that everyone belongs—that Australians are a welcome part of our country, regardless of their background. Get your service involved in the celebrations; see what’s on in your state here.


New research shows poor support for new mothers with mental illness

A new study by SANE Australia found ‘an alarming lack of support for mothers with a mental illness, during their pregnancy and after giving birth’. The study revealed that almost three in every four expectant mothers were offered no support or information on how to plan for the stresses pregnancy and parenthood could place on their mental health. Read the fullmedia release.


Latest issue of Foundations—now out!

Issue 5 of Foundations—a publication by The Hunter Institute of Mental Health—is now available online for you to download for free. This issue of Foundations focuses on staff wellbeing and provides information on issues such as child abuse and children whose parents have a mental illness. Download this issue, and previous issues here.


Children’s services and the state election forum—political landscapes, partnerships and our future

Community Child Care Co-op is jointly sponsoring an election forum with a range of peak children's services organisations and large children's services providers, on 9 March at 4pm in Sydney. More information such as RSVP details, can be accessed here.


C&K Conference Brisbane 2011—Living in a child’s world

The C&K Conference Brisbane 2011 will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 May, and will include a range of attractions for educators.View the 2011 Conference program and register here.


Jelly Baby Month—support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Each May, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation celebrates Jelly Baby Month, with Jelly Baby themed merchandise appearing in supermarkets, stores, schools and workplaces across Australia. If you would like to help JDRF fund much needed type 1 diabetes research, you can donate online, or contact us to purchase Jelly Baby merchandise.


ECA Greenwatch

Gardening projects for kids

Here are some great gardening ideas that provide opportunities for the kids in your service to discover nature, habitats, self sufficient organic farming and the pathway from the veggie patch to the table. These ideas offer perfect opportunities to foster child-led intentional teaching!


Quality–assured early childhood resources

All of ECA's publications are peer-reviewed by early childhood experts, so you can be assured that all our publications are of the highest quality, and relevant to you and your work. Here are some suggestions for educators currently implementing the EYLF in their services:

The Early Years Learning Framework in practice

This book provides the groundwork for early childhood professionals implementing Belonging, Being, Becoming—The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia into their services.

The Early Years Learning Framework: Getting started

The Council of Australian Governments recently endorsed the first national Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) for educators in a range of early childhood settings. This guide is specifically designed to introduce and support educators in coming to know about, understand and work with the EYLF.

Circle of influence: Implementing shared decision making and participative management

A terrific book for any director, it explores techniques for managing the daily business of your centre by involving others in critical decisions affecting their professional fulfillment.

Observations and reflections in childhood

Quality assessment, or documentation, is a key aspect of providing best practice in early childhood settings. Using real-life examples, observations and reflections in childhood supports professionals in recording children's learning and development during everyday activities.


How to join ECA on Facebook

If you already have a Facebook account, simply click here to land on our wall. Don’t forget to ‘like’ us to be kept updated.

If you’re new to Facebook but would like to join, creating an account is very easy. All you need is a valid email account.Head to www.facebook.comand ‘sign up’. You will receive an email to activate your account. From there, all you have to do is search for the Early Childhood Australia account, or click this link and ‘like’ us to be kept updated. For Facebook help, click here.


ECA website usability survey

We need your help! We are asking people who use the ECA website for their opinions.By taking part in our usability survey, you are helping us to make a better website.


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