About

Early Childhood Australia Victoria advocates to ensure quality, social justice and equity in all issues relating to the education and care of children from birth to eight years.

The branch achieves this through speaking on behalf of young children to parents, governments, educators, carers and the community. We are committed to promoting high standards of practice in the early childhood sector and contribute to and comment on policy that effect young children and their families.

Constitution
To view the ECA Victoria Branch Constitution please click here.

Acknowledgement to Country

We would like to acknowledge the traditional owners and custodians of the land and waterways and pay our respects to Elders past and present and to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

We must reflect upon the significance to true reconciliation for all of ECA’s work for all children and particularly for Aboriginal children and their families.

We also recognise that Aboriginal people have been nurturing and teaching children on this land for many decades and we honour and respect that role.

Branch Committee

Branch President Catharine Hydon
Branch Vice President Louise Hennessy
Secretary Rukmini Bose-Rahman
Treasurer Sharon Jordan
National Director Marie Howard
General Member Sue Grieshaber
General Member Tracy Young
General Member Prasanna Srinivasan
General Member Janet Williams-Smith
General Member Alistair Gibbs
General Member D’Lene Johnson

For a short bio on the ECA Victoria Branch Committee Members, please click here.

Branch Meetings

  • Tuesday 15th November 2016
  • Monday 5th December 2016

2016 Annual General Meeting – Tuesday 13th September 2016

The Branch AGM is an important opportunity for us to share the work of the year with our members.  Each year we bring together reports that detail what we have been up to and showcase our achievements.  It’s also a time to thank those who have made a contribution to the Branch and invite our member to stand for any vacant positions.

We were joined by Early Childhood Australia CEO, Sam Page who discussed the recent federal election and its impact on the early childhood sector.

When: Tuesday 13th September 2016
Time: 5.45 for a 6pm sharp start until 8.30pm
Where: Haileybury City Campus ELC, 383 King Street, West Melbourne

Bulletin

Welcome to the Victoria Branch Bulletin. Through this regular Bulletin, we would like to report on regular activities of the branch members, and as a collective, representing the rights of children. Here we will share with you individual reports as well as show case our Committee members, so you may become familiar with all of us. One of the identified strategic goals of the Victorian Branch Committee is to share information in a variety of ways with all of its members and this Bulletin is one such way! Please click on link below to view the Bulletin:

Bulletin 1 – 2016

The Ten Principles for an Early Education State – Joint Statement

As part of the Victorian Governments Education State Consultation ECA Victoria Branch joined a number of other peak organisations in Victoria to consider the idea in this proposal.

This press Statement is a result of this collaboration, please click here to view the Statement.

ECA VIC Branch in conjunction with our National Office and the feedback from our members has put together a submission for the Education State Consultation which can be viewed here.

We encourage our members to continue to monitor the progress of this policy proposal and participate as much as you can. See further information on Education State here.

If you have any questions please let us know via email ecavic@earlychildhood.org.au or on our Facebook page.

Events/Forums

Our second forum for the year was another great success.  Thanks for all the members who came along and for those who were curious about the work of ECA and the Statement of Intent – we hope you can join us into the future.

In sharing some ideas about the Statement of Intent the participants were enthusiastic about taking the document into their everyday work with children – sharing it with families, educators, and indeed some had already shared the ideas with children themselves.  We also talked about included the statement ideas in our QIP or the service philosophy.  Let ECA know if you have a great story to tell about your work.

Here is the information we promised to make available to you.

And remember to check out the Statement of Intent on the ECA Website and the child-friendly version of the Convention on the rights of the child (CROC).

VIT registration for EC teachers – http://www.vit.vic.edu.au/finditfast/earlychildhood/Pages/default.aspx and the PowerPoint Presentation for your use can be downloaded by clicking here.

Check out some pictures at our Facebook page – you don’t have to sign up to look.

And for those who want to know more about the catering click here.

For a summary on the Markets, Migration and the Work of Care in Australia Symposium to be held at RMIT on 5 December 2016, please click here.

Scholarships

Early Childhood Qualifications Fund

ECA Victoria Branch is the administrator of the Early Childhood Qualifications Fund the on behalf of the Department of Education and Training.

Further information about scholarships which are available for anyone interested in upgrading their early childhood qualification can be obtained by calling 1300 651 662 or by clicking here.

Awards

The Victorian Branch of Early Childhood Australia is delighted to offer a range of  awards that celebrate student achievement and research excellence,  in addition to providing financial  support to attend professional development. The awards were established in 2005 and have expanded to five award categories,  to meet the diverse needs of the early childhood community. Consider submitting a nomination, for you or someone you know. Please click here for our Awards brochure.

Warrawong Awards

From time-to-time, the Victorian Branch of Early Childhood Australia secures funding from the Trustees of the Foundation of Graduates in Early Childhood Studies and the Warrawong Foundation to financially support staff from rural and remote, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, vulnerable and/or high needs services to attend professional development.

In 2016 the Conference Scholarship Project 2016 enabled 13 recipients to attend the ECA National Conference in Darwin.

Please click here for our 2016 Award winners.

Please click here for reflections from previous Award winners.

Agnes Farrance Conference Award

The purpose of this award is to enable someone from within the profession to participate in a professional conference and to have the opportunity to share their experience with colleagues and peers.

For application forms and further details click here.

For reflections from previous Award winners click here.

Dianne Chandler Memorial Award

This award has been established to enable someone from within the profession to participate in their choice of a professional opportunity which will improve outcomes for young children and their families.

For application forms and further details click here.

For reflections from previous Award winners click here.

ECA VIC Doctoral Thesis Award

The aim of this award is to recognise the level of excellence and diligence required to undertake and complete a doctoral thesis.

For application forms and further details click here.

For reflections from previous Award winners click here.

ECA VIC Student Excellence Award

The Student Excellence Award showcases the endeavours and accomplishments of early childhood graduates, recognising not only academic excellence but also personal, professional and community achievements.

For application forms and further details click here.

For reflections from previous Award winners click here.

ECA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Reconciliation Symposium

Reflections from ECA members

As part of Early Childhood Australia’s commitment to acknowledging reconciliation in the early years, a national symposium was hosted at the Stamford Grand Adelaide, 8–9 May 2015 to explore reconciliation within the sector.

This was a unique opportunity for leaders (organisational, operational and pedagogical) within the sector to:

  • explore the nature of reconciliation in the early childhood context
  • understand how educators can implement good practice in their daily interactions with children and families
  • contribute to the broader discussion about how we all actively demonstrate our appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

As a member of the current Victorian Branch ECA committee it was a privilege to represent Victoria at this event. Please click here for reflections from Victorian members as I asked them to write a short summary of something they found memorable from the symposium—Tracy Young.

Special Interest Groups

ECA Victoria hosts three Special Interest Groups (SIG) that represent our members interests. SIG’s operate under the auspice of a larger organisation and adhere to their policies. Each SIG is shaped by what its members want and hope to achieve, with objectives including but not limited to, a research and reading focus, discussions, networking, visits, guest speakers or advocacy. They offer opportunities for smaller groups to get together to think through marginalised and or specialised areas of interest.

Each SIG has a convenor who can be contacted if you would like to join a specific SIG or contact the ECA Victorian branch SIG liaison officer if you would like further information. All ECA members are welcome to join a SIG at any time by contacting the convenor using the relevant email addresses. The SIG develop a variety of resources for the early childhood sector (below).

Click here to view slides that were presented at an open meeting as a way of demystifying what a Special Interest Group (SIG) is, what they can do and what they could look like.

Click here to view the policy that guides the formation and structure of a Special Interest Group. As each SIG has a different focus and identity, this policy is a guide only.

Sustainability Environmental Sustainability SIG
Convenor: Tracy Young—tryoung@swin.edu.au

This group has been meeting the longest and has written articles, and produced three amazing posters (water, energy and sustainability). There will be a fourth poster to complete the series on waste. Fact sheets have also been printed and are available at the end of this page.

Reconciliation SIG
Convenor: Susan Werner—swerner@swin.edu.au

“Talking Reconciliation” aims to provide a regular opportunity for educators interested in progressing reconciliation within their services, and providing programs that include Indigenous perspectives in meaningful ways, to meet and share knowledge and skills. If you are interested in joining this group please contact the ECA Victoria Branch office.

Child Protection and Trauma SIG
Convenor: Pat Jewell—patj@bigpond.net.au

This group is made up of interested participants in protecting and advocating for children.

Resources

Through the ECA Victoria branch Special Interest Groups (SIG), various resources have been developed for early childhood educators to download.

1. Healthy biodiversity is no luxury – it’s the foundation of all life on earth – exploring biodiversity and conservation in Early Childhood Practice. (Download)
2. Energy Matters – exploring understandings of energy, and energy conservation in early childhood education. (Download)
3. Water play is essential play – exploring water play and conservation in Early Childhood Practice. (Download)
4. Environmental Sustainability article one (Download)
5. Environmental Sustainability article two (Download)
6. Environmental Sustainability article three (Download)
7. ECA Vic Environmental Sustainabiltiy SIG Report – August 2011 (Download)
8. Sustainability web links (Download)

Contact

t: 03 9416 2200
e: ecavic@earlychildhood.org.au

42 Dight Street
Collingwood, VIC 3066

Click here to download our moving notice to our members.