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In this issue, we celebrate National Science Week which is taking place across Australia. In the past fortnight a number of reports have been released including the Early childhood and child care in summary report, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education 2015–16 Report, the final report of the Child Protection Systems Royal Commission in South Australia and the Valuing Children Initiative Benchmark Survey 2016. For early childhood teachers in Victoria it’s time to renew teacher registration and Tasmania has a new B4 Coalition to promote the importance of the early years. Funding has been announced for Victorian kindergartens and a plan has been outlined for the Targeted Early Intervention (TEI) program in NSW. We share resources that have been developed for teachers and students to learn about the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and link to a short film about family violence from the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA). It is also timely to learn more about the Keep funding 15 hours campaign.

Jump down to find out what the various ECA teams and projects have been up to and the new resources available for the early childhood sector.


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National Science Week
It’s National Science Week! Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology will take place during 13–21 August 2016. Visit the website to find out more about events that are happening around Australia and how to get involved as an individual or a school. Or take a look at Technology: Our tool not our master by Neville Dwyer and Kate Highfield for ideas on how to incorporate technology in young children’s learning.


Early childhood and child care in summary report
The Early childhood and child care in summary report for the September quarter 2015 has been released by the Department of Education and Training. The report presents information on the number of children and families using approved child care in Australia. It also includes the costs and the types of early childhood education and care services available. The report is available online here.


Victorian early childhood teacher registration renewal
The Victorian Institute of Teaching has issued a reminder about registration renewals for registered teachers and registered early childhood teachers in Victoria. The renewal process is managed through the MyVIT portal and must be completed by 30 September. Click here to see the requirements for registration renewal.


B4 Early Years Coalition launched in Tasmania
The B4 Early Years Coalition has been launched by Tasmania Minister for Education and Training, Jeremy Rockliff. Co-chaired by the Chair of the Tasmanian Early Years Foundation, Elizabeth Daly and the Tasmanian Commissioner for Children, Mark Morrissey, the B4 Coalition will develop an action plan to support and promote the importance of the early years of a child’s life. Click here to find out more.


Resources to learn about the Rio Olympic Games with students
A number of resources have been compiled for teachers and students to learn more about the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. In addition, the Australian Paralympic Committee have developed a Paralympic Education Program for students to learn more about Australian Paralympians, the Paralympic movement and people with disabilities in general. Click here to access all of the resources.


Valuing Children Initiative Benchmark Survey
The Valuing Children Initiative Benchmark Survey 2016 has been released, revealing that Australians ranked ‘looking after the interests of children’ 9th out of 10 options in order of importance. The Convenor of the Valuing Children Initiative, Linda Savage, said that attitudes to children play an important role in children’s wellbeing, directly impacting how we treat children and the priority we give their needs. Read more about the survey results here.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education 2015–16 Report
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education 2015–16 Report has been tabled in the ACT Legislative Assembly. The report discusses a number of topics including the operation of five Koori Preschools. Read the report in full here.


Keep funding 15 hours campaign
Early Learning Association Australia (ELAA) is calling on service providers, educators, parents and supporters to join or re-join the Keep funding 15 hours campaign. The campaign is seeking a commitment to ongoing federal funding of a minimum of 15 hours a week of quality early learning in the year before school.


Funding announced for Victorian kindergartens
Nearly 250 Victorian kindergartens will receive $1.22 million in grants. Nearly 80 kindergartens will receive funding for refurbishments with a focus on all-abilities access. The funding will also go towards new computers, laptops, tablets or televisions.


SA Child Protection Systems Royal Commission—final report

The South Australian Government has released the final report of the Child Protection Systems Royal Commission. The report includes 260 recommendations to improve the child protection system in South Australia. Read the final report here. The South Australian Government has already committed $200 million over the forward estimates to begin implementing reforms and has commenced action on a further set of recommendations.


Directions paper for Targeted Early Intervention in NSW

The NSW Minister for Family and Community Services, Brad Hazzard, has announced a new directions paper which outlines a plan to reform the $150 million a year Targeted Early Intervention (TEI) program. Minister Hazzard has stated that more than 130 000 children, families and communities will benefit from reforms which promote increased early support to vulnerable families.


Violence is not our culture

A new short film, produced by the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) in conjunction with Latrobe Community Health Service, Victoria Police and local Aboriginal community members, follows the story of two young people who have experienced family violence. Violence is not our culture reinforces the message that with strong culture, strong people and strong families, people affected by violence can change behaviours and that everyone in the community shares responsibility for stopping family violence. Click here to view the film.
Early Childhood Australia Learning Hub

New modules
We’re developing follow-ups for popular modules. Last month we released 'Supporting children’s self-regulation: Birth to three years', a follow up to our 2015 module. In September, we’re releasing 'Environments for learning: Indoor learning spaces', which will pair nicely with 'Outdoor learning' for a whole-centre approach to re-evaluating learning spaces.

KidsMatter Early Childhood

Latest news
Tell our federal politicians you care about quality early childhood!

There is still time to sign the Early Learning: Everyone Benefits Post-Election Pledge, to show the incoming MPs and Senators the strength of support for quality affordable early learning for all Australian children. Stay tuned to find out how we will deliver the results!

KidsMatter Early Childhood

Upcoming webinar
'Children's behaviour: what do we learn through observation?'
explores strategies for meaningful observations that examine the underlying messages about a child’s wellbeing.
Date: Wednesday 24 August 2016
Time: 1.30
2.30 pm AEST
Your presenter: Michelle Scott and Amelia Joyce
Register here.

Digital Business Kit

Statement on technology and young children
A new exciting initiative is being lead by ECA to consult Australia's early childhood sector on a framework to guide technology use with and for young children. Learn more here.
Plus, check out these two Digichild blogs for Science Week.

Early Years Connect

Free webinar
Queensland educators can join us for a free webinar, ‘Building an inclusive team’, on Thursday 25 August at 12.30 pm. Presenter Penny Markham (Goodstart Early Learning) will explore team-based planning for inclusion and how to support staff working with children with disability and complex additional needs. Register today!

Start Early

Start Early news
Visit the Start Early website for links, blogs and modules for everyone.

Plus, if you’ve begun the modules, tell us what you think about Start Early for a chance to win an individual Learning Hub subscription worth $390.

Click here to complete the short survey.

To view upcoming early childhood events and professional development opportunities, click here to visit the ECA events page.

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ECA WebWatch—Issue 242, August 2016.
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