ECA WebWatch – Issue 64 December#2 2008

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Welcome to the final edition of ECA WebWatch for 2008. We hope this year's newsletters have provided inspiration and ideas for your daily practice. Please remember to email us your feedback – we love hearing your ideas, suggestions and comments.

In this issue you'll find:

  • positions for early childhood practitioners
  • information on ECA's advocacy work
  • how you can help children have an enjoyable and safe break
  • a link to the new issue of ECA's Voice newsletter
  • how to have your say in the CS&HISC workplace survey.

Plus our usual great features – the latest early childhood news, ECA calendar and quality-assured resources for practitioners.

Season's greetings from Early Childhood Australia

Early Childhood Australia wishes you
a safe and enjoyable end to the year and a wonderful 2009!

ECA WebWatch feature item

Positions for early childhood practitioners

The KidsMatter project
Early Childhood Australia is in partnership to undertake the KidsMatter early childhood program. Two national project staff will be employed for the period of the project and applications will be accepted from 20 December 2008.

Information about the two positions will be available online on Saturday20 December 2008.

These are different positions from the KidsMatter National Coordinator that was advertised in the previous issue of ECA WebWatch.

Closing date for applications is COB Friday 23 January 2009.

Advanced Teaching Standards for teachers of three to eight year olds
Early Childhood Australia is calling for expressions of interest from early childhood degree-qualified teachers to take part in developing Advanced Teaching Standards for three- to eight-year-old children.

Download the application form and email or post it to:

Advanced Teaching Standards, Early Childhood Australia
p: Early Childhood Australia, PO Box 7105, Watson ACT 2602

Applications are due by close of business (5.00pm), 16 January 2009.

ECA's advocacy work

Early Years Learning Framework: Early Childhood Australia submission (PDF)
Two excerpts from ECA's response to the second draft of the Federal Government's Early Years Learning Framework:

'Early Childhood Australia therefore believes that the purpose of the EYLF should be to articulate our intentions for Australia's children from birth to age five in crisp, unequivocal terms clearly stating what exactly children are entitled to experience and what their families can hope will be gained from children participating in early learning settings. The EYLF should base the description of early years content on a vision for the people children will become and they world they will create.'

'ECA therefore suggests the following four outcomes and associated key elements:

  • Identity and relationships – including emotional and physical wellbeing and social skills and empathy
  • Active participation – including learning to act democratically, to value diversity and to contribute to interdependent communities
  • Thinking and investigating – including processes of inquiry, understanding the natural and constructed world and creating sustainable futures
  • Ways of communicating – including literacy, numeracy, IT and creative representation and communication through arts forms.'

Help children have an enjoyable and safe break

Holiday activities that won't stretch the budget (PDF)
The Australian Scholarships Group have produced this helpful guide for parents, full of low- or no-cost activities for children during holidays.

Checklist for pool safety
A helpful checklist from Royal Life Saving and PoolWerx to ensure home pools are safe this summer.

Child safety on farms
Important priorities to remember about children visiting or living on farms. The site has links to several booklets and fact sheets.

Moving house (Supporting Best Practice)
Often at this time of the year families are moving house. Planning for this can make moving a good experience for everyone, especially children.

Latest early childhood news

New UNESCO report on world education levels
UNESCO have released their annual report which details the persistent inequalities in children's education and levels of poverty across the world.

Language development in infancy
Although babies typically start talking around 12 months of age, their brains actually begin processing certain aspects of language much earlier; so that by the time they start talking, babies actually already know hundreds of words.

New issue of Voice

Latest ECA Voice (PDF)
The new issue of ECA's Voice newsletter is now available, containing highlights from Early Childhood Australia's work during the year.

HESTA advice on superannuation
Previous issues of Voice newsletter are available on ECA's website, containing helpful guides from HESTA on managing your superannuation.

ECA GreenWatch

Green festive tips
A collection of 10 top tips for a greener Christmas from the Australian Conservation Foundation.

SPROuts Award (PDF)
The Sustainable Projects Recognising Outstanding Practice Awards, organised by the NSW Early Childhood Environmental Education Network, recognise early childhood services based in NSW that promote environmental best practice and sustainability.

Nominations close 31 January 2009.

Workplace survey

Environmental Scan – have your say
The Community Skills and Health Industry Skills Council's (CS&HISC) Environmental Scan is an important opportunity to contribute to the work of CS&HISC.

The survey closes 2 February 2009.

Australian Journal of Early Childhood call for papers

AJEC curriculum-themed issue
The content and philosophies of formal and informal curriculum approaches are currently at the forefront of much early childhood debate. In light of this discussion, the Australian Journal of Early Childhood is calling for papers and expressions of interest for a planned curriculum-themed issue.

ECA Calendar

Clean Up Australia Day
1 March 2009

A chance for all Australians to help their local environment. There is a separate Schools Clean Up Day held on 27 February 2009.

International Children's Day of Broadcasting
Unite for children – tune in to kids
1 March 2009

A joint initiative of UNICEF and the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences to promote quality television programming for and about children.

2009 WA Child Care and Early Childhood Education Conference
Quality and collaboration matter!
3–5 April 2009
Sheraton Perth Hotel, Perth, WA

A conference that will bring together people working in all areas of early childhood to focus on the quality of care and the importance of partnership, cooperation and collaboration.

Visit Early Childhood Australia's online calendar – it's the easy way to keep track of important events, conferences and dates.

Resources for practitioners

Professional reading is an important part of early childhood advocacy and professional growth. Experienced early childhood practitioners quality assure every book sold by Early Childhood Australia.

True green kids is an attractive, easy-to-use guide to dozens of ways children can minimise the impact of climate change.

No fear: Growing up in a risk averse society demonstrates how a philosophy of resilience can strike a balance between protecting children from genuine threats, while still allowing challenging learning opportunities.

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