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In this issue, we remind you that it’s National Recycling Week and share a video for teachers in the lead up to Remembrance Day. We share a link to a report from the Mitchell Institute that shows two years of preschool has more impact than one. In the past fortnight, the Government put forth a Commonwealth Redress Scheme for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse while a new report from the Royal Commission examined disability and child sexual abuse. As part of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children, the Government released the Third Action Plan for 2016–2019. In other news: the Australian Human Rights Commission has provided an explanation of the Racial Discrimination Act; UNICEF released a new report about air pollution and how it affects children around the world; and the latest issue of Family Matters has arrived, with a focus on family law. A video has been posted which showcases the winners of the Kidsafe National Playspace Design Awards and we let you know that applications are open for the Volunteer Grants 2016. We also summarise 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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Two years are better than one
Mitchell Institute has released a report that shows that two years of preschool has more impact than one, especially for children who are developmentally vulnerable. Preschool—two years are better than one: Developing a universal preschool program for Australian 3 year olds—evidence, policy and implementation is available to download here.


Third Action Plan to reduce violence
The Third Action Plan has been released as part of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010–2022. The plan outlines what governments, communities, businesses and individuals can do to reduce violence against women and their children. Click here to find out more.

National Recycling Week 2016

Get involved in National Recycling Week 2017
Take part in celebrations for National Recycling Week from 7–13 November to highlight the environmental benefits of recycling. A number of resources are available from the website including factsheets, videos, recycling tips, posters and infographics.

Poppy for Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day
Friday 11 November will mark Remembrance Day, which commemorates the end of World War 1. Click here to view a list of the top five resources to commemorate Remembrance Day, put together by ABC Splash, or click here to read about why this day is special for Australians.


Redress Scheme for survivors of child sexual abuse
A Commonwealth Redress Scheme for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse has been announced by the Turnbull Government. The Government is inviting states, territories and other non-government institutions to opt-in to the scheme on the ‘responsible entity pays’ basis recommended by the Royal Commission.


Disability and child sexual abuse in institutional contexts
A new research report from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has suggested that up to 14 per cent of children with disability are likely to experience sexual abuse. Disability and child sexual abuse in institutional contexts is available to read online here.


Family Matters Campaign calls for national strategy


The inaugural 2016 Family Matters report is warning that the population of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children removed by child protection systems will triple by 2035. This important report also highlights that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are almost 10 times more likely to be removed by child protection authorities. To address this, the Family Matters coalition, led by SNAICC and supported by more than 150 organisations including leading academics, politians and educational institutions, are calling for action with a comprehensive national strategy. Click here to read the Family Matters roadmap.

Clear the air for children - new report

Clear the air for children
Around 300 million children live in areas where the air is toxic and every year air pollution is a major contributing factor in the deaths of around 600 000 children under five years old. These points were highlighted in a new report from UNICEF which looks at air pollution and how it affects children. Click here to read the full report.


Kidsafe National Playspace Design Awards
The 2016 Kidsafe National Playspace Design Awards have been announced with Wandana Outdoor Learning Area from Gillies Plains, South Australia taking out the Education and Care Services category. A video showcasing each of the winners is available on the Kidsafe website here.

Explaining the Racial Discrimination Act

Explaining the Racial Discrimination Act
Following recent debates over the Racial Discrimination Act, the Australian Human Rights Commission has provided an explanation of the Act and how it operates, specifically sections 18C and 18D. The information is available on their website and can also be downloaded as a doc. or pdf.


Latest issue of Family Matters


The Australian Institute of Family Studies has released the latest issue of Family Matters which focuses on family law, donor conception and elder abuse. Articles include: Identifying and responding to family violence and child safety concerns and Laying the guideposts for participatory practice: Children’s participation in family law matters. Click here for the full issue.


FRSA National Conference 2016

The Family and Relationship Services Australia (FRSA) National Conference is coming up from 29 November–1 December 2016 in Canberra. The theme for 2016 is Measuring success in the family and relationship sector for the wellbeing of children, families and communities. Click here for more information and to register.
The latest issue of the Research in Practice Series is now available on the ECA Shop.

Volunteer Grants 2016

Applications are now open for the Volunteer Grants 2016. Community organisations can now apply to receive a portion of the $10 million funding to support the efforts of their volunteers. The first round of applications closes on 20 December 2016. Click here for more information about the grants and how to apply.

In state and territory news …

The Victorian Commission for Children and Young People released the report Always was, always will be Koori children—Systemic inquiry into services provided to Aboriginal children and young people in out-of-home care in Victoria; the 2016 Victorian Early Years Awards ceremony recognised individuals and organisations that improve the learning and development of young children; the Victorian Government announced funding for six Aboriginal community-based early years services delivering kindergarten; thousands of Queensland families have joined playgroup following the Queensland Government’s free playgroup campaign; every primary school in South Australia will have at least one teacher with a Science Technology Engineering Maths (STEM) specialisation by 2019 as part of the STEM Strategy; Tasmania is leading the country in immunisation rates following the No Jab, No Pay policy; and the WA Commissioner for Children and Young People released Speaking out about: The views of Western Australian children and young people with experience of out-of-home care.

Early Childhood Australia Learning Hub

Latest module
Last week, the ECA Learning Hub released a new module, 'Education for sustainability'. This module takes a look at what sustainability really means and provides educators with practical tips and strategies in building sustainability within their service and wider community. Learn more about this module on the ECA Learning Hub website.

KidsMatter Early Childhood

Connect with your local politicians
Use our guide and resources to tell your own local politicians ‘Don’t Fudge Early Learning’. Download: politician contacts, letter template, factsheet, fudge and healthy alternatives recipes, fudge box design.
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KidsMatter Early Childhood

The recording is now live for 'Children's behaviour: Sharing what we learn with families'.
This webinar explored what educators can do after identifying concerns for a child’s mental health or wellbeing.
Click here to watch the recording or download the slides and accompanying resources.

Early Years Connect

Free webinar for Queensland educators
A free webinar for Queensland educators will be held on Thursday 17 November at 6.00 pm (AEST). Join Autism Queensland’s Susan Lester in the next not-to-be-missed Early Years Connect webinar, 'Learning about Autism'. To register, click here.

Start Early

ECA Annual Report
The Early Childhood Australia Annual Report describes the work of ECA over the past year and includes some notable highlights. Click here to learn more about ECA's vision, work and strategic plan. Click here to learn about ECA Membership and how you can join.

Start Early

New blog post
Professor Richard Fletcher’s research into fathers and early childhood, messages from his ECA conference keynote and feedback from the recent Start Early survey are part of a new blog. Click here for the blog and resources. Or click here to register for the free professional development Start Early modules.

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 248, November 2016.
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