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In this issue, we talk about the launch of the National Interdisciplinary Educational Framework and remind you that it is Mental Health Week. A new discussion paper sets out a culturally-based healing framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander survivors of child sexual abuse and a literature review examines Aboriginal grief and loss. The World Bank Group and UNICEF released a briefing note on poverty and a report on opportunities for girls has ranked Australia 21st out of 144 nations. A free resource has been produced to explain the science behind immunisation and new research has looked into how parents choose a primary school. The 2016 Lancet Early Childhood Development Series has released Advancing early childhood development: From science to scale and a study from Auckland has evaluated the effectiveness of the Triple P—Positive Parenting Program. The Australian Institute of Family Studies will be hosting a seminar/webinar on longitudinal and life course study while a new fact sheet provides an overview of the roles of  the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority and the regulatory authorities. We remind you about a digital technology survey that closes this Friday and wrap up the issue with a summary of the latest state and territory news.

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 Interdisciplinary Educational Framework
 
The National Interdisciplinary Educational Framework has been officially launched. As Associate Professor Dr Julian Grant stated, ‘The framework is for all disciplines to prioritise a child-centred approach to health, welfare and care, where the voice of the child comes first’.
 

 

Mental Health Week 2016
 
Mental Health Week will run from 8–15 October with numerous events taking place across Australia. The 2016 theme is Act, Belong, Commit with a focus on suicide prevention. Head over to the KidsMatter Early Childhood website for resources supporting educators and families during Mental Health Week.
 

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Free resource: The science of immunisation
 
A new booklet has been launched to address immunisation fears throughout Australia. The science of immunisation: Questions and answers is structured around six questions: What is immunisation? What is in a vaccine? Who benefits from vaccines? Are vaccines safe? How are vaccines shown to be safe? What does the future hold for vaccination? Click here to access the booklet online.
 

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Advancing early childhood development
 
The 2016 Lancet Early Childhood Development Series has released Advancing early childhood development: From science to scale. The series considers new scientific evidence for early childhood interventions and proposes pathways for implementation of early childhood development at scale. Click here to access the articles or here for an executive summary.
 

 

Restoring our spirits: Reshaping our futures
 
A new discussion paper by the Healing Foundation sets out a culturally-based healing framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander survivors of child sexual abuse. It draws on the views of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander survivors, service providers, the work of the Healing Foundation and literature on trauma and healing. The paper is available in full here.
 

 

Every last girl: Free to live, free to learn, free from harm
 
Australia has ranked 21st out of 144 nations in a new report on the best and worst countries to be a girl. Every last girl: Free to live, free to learn, free from harm was released by Save the Children in line with the International Day of the Girl Child. The report includes a Girls’ Opportunity Index and is available online here.
 

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Longitudinal and life course study: The family policy connection
 
The Australian Institute of Family Studies will be hosting a seminar/webinar on longitudinal and life course study. Presented by Professor John Bynner, the seminar will take place at 10.00 am (AEDT) on Friday 28 October 2016. Click here for more information. 
 

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ACECQA fact sheet
 
The Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) has developed a fact sheet with a list of ACECQA’s top 10 online resources on one side and an overview of the roles of ACECQA and the regulatory authorities on the other. Access the fact sheet here.
 

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Digital technology survey
 
Do you want to contribute to important research on the Australian Government’s Early Learning Languages Australia program? A survey on digital technology and language learning is open for preschool services to go in the draw to win an iPad Pro. Click here to complete the survey before 14 October.
 

 

How parents choose a primary school

 

Research by the Australian Institute of Family Studies has looked into how parents decide which primary school is best for their child. They found that the decision is based on convenience and a number of personal factors that go beyond academic outcomes. Click here to read more.

 
 

Literature review on Aboriginal grief and loss
 

A review of the literature on Aboriginal grief and loss has been published and is now available online. The article reviews literature, training and resources on Aboriginal grief and loss and looks at areas for further research. Click here to access the full review.
 
 
The latest issue of the Research in Practice Series is now available on the ECA Shop.
 
 

Study examines effectiveness of the Triple P program
 

A study out of the University of Auckland has looked into the effectiveness of the Triple P—Positive Parenting Program for children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The study, published in the Journal of Attention Disorders, found that the program improved parental stress and depression and reduced children’s ADHD symptoms.
 
 

Ending extreme poverty: A focus on children
 

A briefing note from the World Bank Group and UNICEF, titled Ending extreme poverty: A focus on children, has found that children in developing countries are more than twice as likely as adults to live in extreme poverty. Click here to read more and access the briefing note.

 
 

In state and territory news …
 

The Victorian Government has announced a funding boost for the Buddy Bags program which supports children leaving home due to family violence or entering out-of-home care; funding has been announced for the Great Start Community Playgroup Fund to help set up and support community playgroups across Victoria; the WA Government has announced their new Building Safe and Strong Families: Earlier Intervention and Family Support Strategy; two programs have been launched to engage young people in Kalgoorlie-Boulder through sport; a series of free seminars and workshops will be held in NSW for child safe training sessions; and the Queensland Government will invest $7.8 million annually to hire 82 new permanent child safety workers.

 
Early Childhood Australia Learning Hub
 

Latest module
 
Our latest module is now available! ‘Environments for learning: Indoor learning spaces’ provides an understanding of the role of the physical environment in children's learning and how you can create effective indoor learning spaces for young children. Click here to purchase this module or find out about our subscription packages here.
 

KidsMatter Early Childhood
 

How to explain the benefits of early learning
 
Looking for a simpler way to explain how early learning supports child development on many levels? Check out the ‘Weaving Skills Ropes’ metaphor animation in our Educator’s Toolkit.

Help us tell all our federal MPs and senators how vital their support for quality early learning is! Donate today.
 

KidsMatter Early Childhood
 

Upcoming webinar
 
Children's behaviour: sharing what we learn with families.’ Take the opportunity to explore what educators can do after identifying concerns for a child’s mental health or wellbeing.
Date: Tuesday 25 October 2016
Time: 1.30–2.30 pm AEDST
Your presenters: Michelle Scott and Amelia Joyce.
Register here.
 

Early Childhood Australia National Conference 2016
 

Thank you!
 
Thank you to all sponsors, speakers, delegates, exhibitors and volunteers who contributed to another successful ECA National Conference in Darwin last week.

Keep an eye out for a special conference issue of Every Child magazine which will be released early in 2017—subscribe today to ensure that you don’t miss it! 
 

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Positions available: ECA Publications Committee
 
ECA is seeking to fill two positions on the ECA Publications Committee. Expressions of interest are invited for the roles of ECA Publications Editor and Member of the ECA Publications Committee. Expressions of interest will close on Wednesday 2 November 2016.
 

The ECA Blog - The Spoke
 

Latest post: Children's drawings
 
The latest post on the ECA blog by Misty Adoniou, a previous Primary School teacher and now a lecturer at University of Canberra, discusses What can we learn from children’s drawings. Read about the importance of scribbling, children making meaning, why children stop drawing and why we need to teach drawing.
 

 
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ECA WebWatch—Issue 246, October 2016.
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