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In this issue, applications are open to Australian preschools for the Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) program and a new collaborative organisation has been formed called Ready Nation. Numerous reports have been released including the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) annual statistical report 2015, the Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage report 2016, Flexible childcare and Australian parents’ work and care decision-making from the Australian Institute of Family Studies and No mind left behind: Building an education system for modern Australia by the McKell Institute. We link to the 2017 World Forum which will be held in New Zealand in May and let you know about training opportunities provided by the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC). The American Academy of Pediatrics has released a policy statement on Media and young minds and a fact sheet explores trends and facts about same-sex couple families in Australia. We also link to a resource about nurturing relationships as a buffer to stress for young children and wrap up 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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Ready Nation
 
The Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY), ECA and Goodstart Early Learning have collaborated to start a new organisation to unite business leaders to activate a powerful corporate and organisational community around the benefits of early learning. It’s called Ready Nation and is modelled on the successful organisation in the US. Click here to find out more.
 

 

Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage report 2016
 
The Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage report 2016 has been released. The report measures improvements (or lack of) against 52 indicators across several areas including health, employment, governance and education. An overview, fact sheet and the full report are available online here.
 

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Report: Families want flexible options
 
A new report by the Australian Institute of Family Studies has looked at Flexible childcare and Australian parents’ work and care decision-making. The report found that Australian families value access to flexible early childhood education and care to better meet their changing employment and family circumstances.
 

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No mind left behind
 
Following the Mitchell Institute’s report, Preschool—two years are better than one, the McKell Institute has also released a report demonstrating that children who access quality early learning from three years old are better off. The full report—No mind left behind: Building an education system for modern Australia—is available here.
 

 

World Forum 2017—New Zealand
 
The 2017 World Forum will be held in Auckland, New Zealand from 9–12 May with the theme Sustainabilitysustaining childhoods, families, organisations, the planet, each other and ourselves! Watch this video to find out what the World Forum experience is all about.
 

 

Same-sex couple families in Australia
 
The Australian Institute of Family Studies has put together a fact sheet about same-sex couple families in Australia. The sheet highlights some of the key trends and facts, including that children from same-sex parented families progress emotionally, socially and educationally at the same rate as other children.
 

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Policy statement: Media and young minds
 
The American Academy of Pediatrics has released a policy statement on Media and young minds. The statement reviews existing literature on technologies and their potential for educational benefit for young children. Read more about young children and the digital world.
 

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LSAC annual statistical report 2015
 
The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) annual statistical report 2015 is now available from the Australian Institute of Family Studies website. LSAC is Australia's first nationally representative longitudinal study of child development.
 

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Applications now open for ELLA 2017
 
Applications are now open for Australian preschools to join the Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) program in 2017. ELLA is a series of interactive apps aimed at making language learning engaging and interesting to young children.
 

 

Parent Engagement Conference 2017

 

Early bird registrations and call for abstracts are now open for the national Australian Parent Engagement Conference, to be held on 6–8 June 2017 in Melbourne. Presenters are invited to submit abstracts for oral or poster presentations focusing on the main theme 'Maximising every child's potential'.

 
 

Nurturing relationships buffer stress for young children
 

The Science of Early Childhood Development (SECD) team have put together a message about nurturing relationships acting as buffers to stress for young children. The message includes a video featuring Dr Megan Gunnar, from the University of Minnesota, as she describes research findings on the role of secure nurturing relationships in buffering stressful events
 
 
The latest issue of Every Child magazine is coming soon
 
 

Training opportunities with SNAICC
 

The Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) will be hosting training on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and the impacts it has on children and their families. It will be held in Melbourne on Tuesday 29 November. Click here for more information.

SNAICC are also offering a free three-day pilot workshop for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers, and those working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, around family violence. Click here to find out more.

 
 

In state and territory news …
 

The Queensland Government has removed the statute of limitations for child sex abuse following recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sex Abuse; the first Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Wellbeing Services have rolled out in South Burnett, Moreton Bay, Mackay and Roma; the Great Start Community Playgroup Grant Fund has been secured until 2018 in Victoria; the Victorian Government has extended their pre-purchased kindergarten places to 450 in 2017 at 170 services; a school-based centre for families and their young children has been opened at East Waikiki Primary School in Cooloongup, Western Australia; the Victorian and Queensland state governments are calling for the Federal Government to consider a national approach to child and family support; and applications are now open for South Australia's first Commissioner for Children and Young People.

 
Early Childhood Australia Learning Hub
 

Missed the ECA Conference?
 
The ECA Learning Hub has two great keynotes:
Professor Richard Fletcher shares insights, new research and interviews on fathers and early childhood educators’ vital role.
Dr Chip Donohue’s international perspective switches our thinking on technology in a warm, informed and evidence-based keynote.
 

KidsMatter Early Childhood
 

Invite your local pollie to your party
 
Why not invite your local MP or Senator to your end-of-year celebration and give them a box of fudge? We have 200 boxes filled with fudge—available as a six-pack for $50 + $12 postage. Or you can download our fudge box artwork onto cardboard and fill it with your own treats. Fact sheets and recipes are all here.
 

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Social Inclusion Week
 
An inclusive service is one that understands, respects, welcomes, celebrates and honours the diversity of children, families and staff. When children feel included, they are more likely to be accepting of others and sensitive to their needs, and they feel safer and more secure. Try these tips to encourage belonging and inclusion.
 

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Free webinar for Queensland educators
 
'Learning about ADHD'
When: 12.30 pm (AEST) 6 December 2016.
Presented by Jo Cole, this webinar asks, 'what is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and how can we support children with ADHD in our services?' Free for all educators in Queensland. Click here to register.

 

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Vote for ECA’s CEO 
 
ECA CEO Samantha Page is up for consideration as one of Australia’s top 25 most influential leaders in the not-for-profit sector in ProBono’s Impact 25 awards for 2016. Visit this page to vote for Sam and two other people on the list you believe are having a positive social impact.
 

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White Ribbon Day
 
White Ribbon Day (25 November 2016) asks all men to help stop violence against women. Statistics suggest that every early childhood education and care service works daily with children and women affected by violence. Click here to read more about White Ribbon Day and what early childhood educators can do.
 

 
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 249, November 2016.
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