ECA WebWatch – Issue 21, January 2007

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Welcome back!

This first issue of ECA WebWatch for 2007 is all about getting back to the basics—with a particular focus on finding ways to increase sustainability in your service, school and home.

There's also two opportunities which we encourage you to get involved in:

  • help shape the Government's new Action Plan for Education for Sustainable Development
  • register for an update on managing common colds in your centre.

Early Childhood Australia gets 5 stars

Early Childhood Australia is delighted to announce that our website has been awarded a 5-star rating by the Tufts University Child & Family WebGuide catalogue of the best child and family websites!

Early Childhood Australia's unique website contains a wealth of free resources:

Reassessing staff–child interactions

It's the start of the year and a great time to reassess practice—making sure you're focusing on the fundamental elements of care and education.

The interactions between staff and children are a vital part of high-quality care and education. Caring relationships are the foundation of good learning and development.

Staff–child interactions (Supporting Best Practice)
These 5 links from ECA's Supporting Best Practice web directory will provide you with suggestions for assessing interactions and finding ways to improve.

Environmental education ideas and resources

NSW Early Childhood Environmental Education Network (ECEEN)
NSW ECEEN works under the auspice of Early Childhood Australia. It supports teachers, carers and parents in facilitating meaningful environmental education in the daily experiences of young children. The page also contains a comprehensive collection of links.

Early childhood Water Aware Centre program
This is a NSW-based site, but the information, approach and goals listed are applicable to everyone. The online Exploring water booklet (PDF) contains great activities and ideas on incorporating water into early childhood programs.

Creating a pollinator garden
This is a great way to introduce young children to biodiversity and the interrelation of plants, animals and ourselves.

Plant for the planet: The billion tree campaign
The United Nations Environment Programme has launched a campaign to plant at least one billion trees in 2007. The site has an online form that you can use to register your tree 'pledge' and some great tree planting tips.

Make your voice heard on early childhood sustainability education

Late last year the Federal Government began the process of developing a National Action Plan for Education for Sustainable Development.

Part of this process is a survey which closes on the 16 February. Early Childhood Australia recommends all ECA WebWatch readers participate in the online survey.

Further details of how you can be involved in the action plan are listed in the ECA news item: Make your voice heard on early childhood sustainability education.

Keep up to date with managing common colds
National Prescribing Service (NPS) staff updates

Keeping up to date with infection control, hygiene, health policy and practice for common colds is important for your staff and your families.

Register now to run a staff update on Common colds and common sense, they don't need antibiotics in June 2007.

The update includes useful information on:

  • why common colds don't need antibiotics
  • what cold symptoms are really telling you
  • when children with colds are infectious.

NPS will provide for free:

  • a guide booklet for the presenter of the staff update
  • assistance to find a local health professional to attend your staff update
  • newsletter articles, posters, stickers and colour brochures for parents
  • a certificate of participation for your service and each staff member attending.

Register now at Registrations close 9 March 2007.

For more information, email, call 02 8217 8700 or read more on the Early Childhood Australia website.

Early childhood news

Read all about it on the Early Childhood Australia news page.

Recent topics include:

  • Common colds need common sense: Registrations for free staff updates now open
  • Investment in early childhood education and US pre-kindergarten grading
  • New TV documentary explores the development of children in Australia
  • Make your voice heard on early childhood sustainability education
  • New Australian Labor Party shadow ministry

Early Childhood Australia books

All books are quality assured by Early Childhood Australia.

Hollyhocks and honeybees: Gardening projects for young children is your guide to providing support and motivation to garden with young children. Gardening provides meaningful learning experiences and is the perfect way to introduce education for sustainability.

Just discover! Connecting young children with the natural world provides carers and educators with new ways to help children develop a connection with nature. Topics include plants, animals, the human body and environmental education.

Everyday learning in the backyard describes many creative and everyday techniques to support children's growth and development—making the most of their natural desire to explore the great outdoors.


Let us know what you think! We welcome any suggestions or commentsyou have:

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ECAWebWatch - Issue 21, January 2007. Early ChildhoodAustralia.

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