ECA WebWatch – Issue 126 October 2011

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This issue of ECA WebWatch features Early Childhood Australia’s submission to the Parliamentary inquiry into Australia/Malaysia agreement on asylum seekers.

In this issue:

  • children with a disability: Help further their education to complete a higher education degree
  • Early Childhood Australia’s submission to the Parliamentary inquiry into Australia/Malaysia agreement on asylum seekers
  • anti-racism partnership strategy to reach out to all Australians
  • expert urges early preschool for disadvantaged
  • next steps in a commitment to high quality child care
  • celebrating Children's Week by celebrating early childhood professionals
  • your DNA may carry a ‘memory’ of your living conditions in childhood
  • November update of the National Quality Framework now available
  • building integrated connections for children their families and communities
  • KidsMatter survey
  • keep watch—home pool safety.

Plus regular ECA WebWatch items:

  • EYLF Professional Learning Program update
  • ECA Greenwatch
  • quality–assured early childhood resources
  • conferences and dates
  • the ECA values statements.
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Children with a disability: Help further their education to complete a higher education degree is campaigning to reduce disparity in the workplace for people with disabilities by petitioning for the creation of clear provisions to educate, support and help children with a disability participate in higher education. Help to empower these young children—sign the petition and pass it on.

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Early Childhood Australia’s submission to the Parliamentary inquiry into Australia/Malaysia agreement on asylum seekers

In the submission to the Parliamentary inquiry into the agreement between Australia and Malaysia on the transfer of asylum seekers to Malaysia, Early Childhood Australia asserts that ‘Not to defend the rights of others is to undermine those entitlements for everyone. In the case of children this is particularly important—children are dependent, vulnerable and need special care and protection to realise their potential’. Read ECA’s submission.

Anti-racism partnership strategy to reach out to all Australians

In this media release from the Human Rights Commission, ‘Race Discrimination Commissioner, Dr Helen Szoke today said that [a] new National Anti-Racism Partnership Strategy will reach out to the entire Australian community, as a part of Australia’s new multicultural policy, The people of Australia’.

Expert urges early preschool for disadvantaged

Read the transcript of, or listen to the interview of leading educational expert Joseph Sparling, ‘who has completed several studies on the links between disadvantage and school performance’ and believes that ‘children from at-risk backgrounds will perform better at school if they attend preschool from as close to birth as possible’.

Next steps in a commitment to high quality child care

In this media release, Minister for Employment Participation and Child Care, Kate Ellis thanks the National Childcare Accreditation Council (NCAC) for their 18 years of service helping to ensure quality childcare for Australian children and talks about the next step in the ‘in the implementation of COAG’s National Quality Agenda’.

Celebrating Children's Week by celebrating early childhood professionals

In this article the Big Steps campaign takes advantage of Children’s Week to raise awareness of the critical role that early childhood educators play in young children’s development, and to ‘call on the Federal Government to celebrate the vital work being done by early childhood professionals by increasing wages to ensure qualified, consistent staff can stay in the industry’.

Your DNA may carry a ‘memory’ of your living conditions in childhood

‘Family living conditions in childhood are associated with significant effects in DNA that persist well into middle age, according to new research by Canadian and British scientists.’ Read the full article.

National Quality Framework

November update of the National Quality Framework now available

The National Quality Framework November update is now available on the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) website.

Supporting ECEC practitioners

Building integrated connections for children their families and communities

This media release announces the launch of a new Australian publication on placed-based integrated service delivery for children and families. The publication makes a major contribution to the debate about how we can make services available to the families that most need them and addresses the critical issue of co-producing services with children, families and communities so that they feel powerfully engaged in the process. Read the sample introduction.

National Children’s Week 22–30 October

Children's Week celebrates the right of children to enjoy childhood. It is also a time for children to demonstrate their talents, skills and abilities. A diverse range of events and activities are organised at National, State and Local levels. These focus the attention of the wider community on children, their needs and achievements. Why not find out what’s on in your area and get involved?

KidsMatter survey

KidsMatter Early Childhood mental health initiative encourages you to take part in its brief 15-minute survey, which is designed to gauge your awareness of KidsMatter; your interest in specific children’s mental health topics; preferred methods of information delivery; and internet usage. Take part in the survey and go in the draw to win one of eight $250 book vouchers. The survey closes 17 November 2011.

Keep watch—Home pool safety

This article talks about the unacceptable occurrence of toddler drownings and the launching of the Royal Life Saving 2011 Keep Watch Campaign. Please take an opportunity to remind parents at your service about keeping a vigilant eye on young children around water; both in and out of the home.

EYLF Professional Learning Program update

The NQS will take centre stage in the EYLF PLP in 2012

The EYLF PLP will now expand to incorporate the NQS. It will continue to develop and deliver new exciting resources to the early childhood education and care community, to support services in meeting the National Quality Standard (NQS) requirements. The e-Newsletters, Talking about Practice Series of videos, the online Forum, Facebook and Twitter will all continue, but with a focus on the NQS. Stay tuned for lots of exciting new NQS-related topics and resources.

The ninth vignette in the Observing practice series is now available

Creating with clay and natural materials is now available on the EYLF PLP Facebook page. The Vignettes in the Observing Practice series ask educators to observe closely and describe what they see—the interactions, the play, the environment and the learning. Ask yourself questions as you view the Vignette and share your thoughts with other educators in The EYLF PLP Facebook community.

EYLF PLP e-Newsletter No.23 now available

The twenty-third edition of the Early Years Learning Framework Professional Learning Program (EYLF PLP) e-Newsletter, titled Distant Conversations, provides some examples of practice in two settings in Western Australia and Tasmania, to promote the exchange of approaches to pedagogy and children's learning across and beyond the early childhood professional community, as encouraged by the EYLF. Download this and previous e-Newsletters, and sign up to receive the next EYLF PLP e-Newsletter via email.

ECA Greenwatch

National recycling week 7–13 November

National recycling week is a great time to talk to children about sustainable living and to get them involved in recycling. Have a look at the resources and events for children and teachers to give you some ideas.

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 a selection of ECA’s current best-sellers—three books from the Meeting Special Needs series. This series consists of six practical and concise handbooks designed to give help and guidance to teachers and professionals working with or caring for children with special educational needs and disorders.

Meeting Special Needs—A practical guide to supporting children with ADHD
Meeting Special Needs—A practical guide to supporting children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders
Meeting Special Needs—A practical guide to supporting children with Dyslexia

Conferences and dates

Tasmanian Infant Mental Health Conference—8–9 November
in, about and for... Early Childhood environments and the NQS Conference—12 November
Educating in nature conferences, featuring Claire Warden—12–19 November 2011
Growing up in Australia and Footprints in time research conference—15–16 November
Building Bridges 2011—Regional Early Childhood Conference—17–18 November
Honoring the Child, Honoring Equity 11: Inspiring change(s): insights, challenges, hopes and actions—18–19 November
Pathways to healthy minds Conference—21–22 November
NSW Child Protection and Wellbeing Interagency Conference—29–30 November
Change for our Children—The Aboriginal Child, Family and Community Care State Secretariat's (AbSec) Conference—7–9 December 2011
New Zealand's 13th Annual Early Childhood Research Conference—26–28 January 2012
Australian Community Children’s Services (ACCS) Conference—18–19 May 2012
New Zealand Early Childhood Council 2012 Conference—25–27 May 2012
Family Day Care Australia National Conference: Children—The heart of the dream—18–21 July 2012
National Protective Behaviours Australia Conference—20th–21st July 2012
Early Childhood Australia National Conference: Consulting the Compass—defining directions—3–6 October 2012

The ECA Events Calendar has been disabled until further notice due to technical difficulties. Contact us to have your conference or event added to the ECA WebWatch calendar.

The ECA values statements

Early Childhood Australia is guided in its work by endorsed values. These sit alongside ECA’s Principles, Positions, Code of Ethics, Scope of Activities and Governance Guidelines as our Foundation Materials. With the other Foundation Materials the ECA values inform ECA’s Strategic Directions and all our day-to-day work. View the ECA Values statements.

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