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The best of early childhood news!

In this issue, we encourage you to support the Early Learning: Everyone Benefits campaign to send an important message to every MP and senator. A new educational framework places the focus on the needs of the child, a survey is opened for preschools to talk about digital technology and language learning and we share ideas of how to get involved with Literacy and Numeracy Week. A number of reports have been released including Volunteering and giving within culturally and linguistically diverse and Indigenous communities, Achieving stability for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care paper, the latest NQF Snapshot and Key elements of child safe organisations. The starting age for Prep has been lowered in Tasmania and we provide a summary of other state and territory news including funding and program announcements. Take a photographic journey of classrooms around the world courtesy of UNICEF and consider the key message of the upcoming National Child Protection Week

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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New educational framework places child welfare first
A new educational framework, the National Interdisciplinary Educational Framework, will aim to focus on the needs of children rather than the needs of a service. The Framework will underpin the education of all professionals involved in the multidisciplinary work of health, education and welfare for young children. Click here to find out more.


Early Learning Languages Australia trial—national preschool survey
A national survey about digital technology and language learning has been launched. The survey is open to all Australian preschools and will contribute vital data to the Early Learning Languages Australia program in 2017. Click here to access the online survey.


It's Literacy and Numeracy Week!
National Literacy and Numeracy Week 2016 will run from 29 August to 4 September. Visit the website to find pages on numeracy, literacy, digital literacy and resources specifically for teachers or parents. Or click here for 10 National Literacy and Numeracy Week activity ideas, courtesy of ABC Splash.


Volunteering in CALD and Indigenous communities
A report is now available that looks at volunteering and giving within culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The Department of Social Services commissioned the report from the Cultural and Indigenous Research Centre Australia (CIRCA). The final report is available here.


SNAICC release policy position statement
The Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) has released their Achieving stability for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care paper. The position statement includes key recommendations to advance stability for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. Click here to access the report.


National Child Protection Week
National Child Protection Week 2016 will run from 410 September. National Child Protection Week invites all Australians to play their part to promote the safety and wellbeing of children and young people, as the saying goes, ‘Protecting children is everyone’s business’. To find out more, click here.

Latest NQF Snapshot

Latest NQF Snapshot released
The August 2016 NQF Snapshot has been published, providing a report on children’s education and care services operating under the National Quality Framework. An interactive online version of the snapshot is also available for users to sort and search for information.


Starting age for Prep lowered in Tasmania
The Tasmanian Minister for Education and Training, Jeremy Rockliff, has announced that the government will be lowering the starting age for Prep by six months, to four years and six months. However, this will not be compulsory. Read more here.


Key elements of child safe organisations

A research report has been released by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse which looks at what elements make an institution ‘child safe’. The report will help institutions to prevent, identify and improve responses to the abuse and neglect of children. Key elements of child safe organisations is available online here.


Classrooms around the world


What do children’s classrooms look like around the world? UNICEF have compiled a photographic journey through the world’s schools. From Yemen to Iraq, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Syria, Fiji and Nepal—click here to view the album of 25 schools.

In state and territory news ...


Funding for support services has been announced in Victoria and Queensland for family violence victims; in WA, a new program for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) will be run at Gosnells Primary School; in SA, grants are available for state schools and preschools to develop programs that promote greater parent and caregiver participation; the ACT Government has announced new digital resources to help educators improve children's fundamental movement skills; and the Victorian Government is rolling out the Let’s Count program to boost the maths skills of young children.
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Not sure where to start?
Not sure where to start with group learning? Try our popular webinar, 'Building leaders in early childhood services'. Schedule a time to complete the webinar together, or watch the webinar in short parts over a longer period. In this webinar, Lisa Palethorpe (Goodstart Early Learning) explores what leadership means in early childhood services.

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Latest news
Get inspired to communicate the benefits of quality early learning with informed articles and resources. Download and view the new Educator Toolkit resources including videos, presentations and factsheets about how to frame early learning messages so that parents and others really understand the importance of quality education.

KidsMatter Early Childhood

Webinar now available
The recording is now live for our webinar 'Children's behaviour: what do we learn through observation?'
This webinar explored strategies for meaningful observations that examine the underlying messages about a child’s wellbeing. Click here to watch the recording or download the slides and accompanying resources.


Early Childhood Australia National Conference 2016

Conference webcast package
Get the best of the ECA National Conference 2016 without travelling to Darwin! Our new webcast package offers you live access to six keynote presentations, from the convenience of your own computer. Just $190 for ECA members (or $220 for non-members).
Registrations are now open.

Early Years Connect

Free webinar
It’s time to register for our next webinar, ‘Transdisciplinary practice: building teams to support children’, which we’re hosting on Tuesday 13 September at 6.00 pm. Join Dr Jennifer Cartmel (Griffith University) to learn more about building inclusion with allied health professionals and other experts. Free for all educators in Queensland.

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The ethics of professionalism
Following the release of the revised ECA Code of Ethics, Catharine Hydon talks about professionalism and ethical responsibilities in the early childhood sector. The ethics of professionalism: The art of doing what is right—is available to read here.

To find out more about the revised Code of Ethics, click here.

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 243, August 2016.
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