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In this final issue of 2016 we look forward to 2017 with an ECA member discount for the World Forum in Auckland. The Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) has released their Strategic Plan for 2016–2021 while the new Healthy Families website focuses on mental health. It is Computer Science Education Week so we fill you in on the Hour of Code and how you can get involved. The Second Implementation Plan under the National Disability Strategy has been released and the Institute of Child Protection Studies (ICPS) has released an overview of their current research. The government will be sending out water safety education packs and we let you know about the Bin Trim program. A number of resources have been released including: the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s Australia's mothers and babies 2014—in brief; the National Children’s Commissioner’s Children’s rights report; and Children’s attachment needs in the context of out-of-home care. The 2017 Child Aware Approaches Conference is calling for abstracts and we fill you in on 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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World Forum: Discount for ECA members
Register now for the World Forum on Early Care and Education, to be held in Auckland New Zealand from 912 May 2017. ECA members are entitled to a 17 per cent discount on their registration. Watch this video to find out what the World Forum experience is all about or click here to learn about ECA membership benefits.


SNAICC’s Strategic Plan for 2016–2021
The Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) has released their Strategic Plan for 2016–2021. The plan looks towards a radical change in the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children including higher rates of early childhood learning. The Strategic Plan is available online here.


Healthy Families website
A new website focusing on mental health has been launched by beyondblue. Healthy Families provides support to parents and carers with information for each developmental stage. The website includes mental health checklists and resources for those seeking support.


Hour of Code
This week marks Computer Science Education Week and teachers are being encouraged to participate in an Hour of Code to celebrate computer science. There are a number of online resources to help get teachers and students involved in the Hour of Code.


National Disability Strategy—Second Implementation Plan
Driving Action 2015–2018, the Second Implementation Plan under the National Disability Strategy, has been released by the Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter. More information about the Strategy, and the Second Implementation Plan, is available here.


Institute of Child Protection Studies—research update
The Institute of Child Protection Studies (ICPS) has released a research update, providing an overview of their current research projects. The ICPS generates and promotes knowledge to improve the wellbeing of children, young people, families and communities. Click here to view the full research update online.


Water safety education packs
More than 50 000 preschools, early learning centres and play groups around Australia will receive free packs to promote water safety for toddlers. The packs, distributed by the Australian Government, will include songs, videos and books.


Australia's mothers and babies 2014—in brief
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released Australia's mothers and babies 2014—in brief which presents the key statistics and trends on pregnancy and childbirth of mothers. The publication is available in full here.


Child Aware Approaches Conference
The 2017 Child Aware Approaches Conference will be held in Brisbane from 15–16 May 2017. The call for abstracts is now open for the 2017 theme Driving national action on child safety and wellbeing. Click here for further information.


Could you save on waste?


Businesses across NSW, including early childhood centres, are benefiting from the NSW Environment Protection Authority's Bin Trim program. The program helps identify simple actions to reduce waste and boost profits. Learn if your business is eligible for a free waste assessment and a financial rebate to help purchase recycling equipment.


Children’s rights report

Australia’s National Children’s Commissioner, Megan Mitchell, has launched the 2016 Children’s rights report. The report includes details from the investigation of children and young people in correctional detention. 

Children’s attachment needs


Child Family Community Australia has released a new practitioner resource—Children’s attachment needs in the context of out-of-home care. The resource describes attachment, the origins of attachment classifications in young children, the importance of attachment and practice implications. 

NSW survey: Early childhood educator attitude to early entry

All NSW early childhood educators are invited to participate in a survey about young gifted children in the early childhood setting. The survey can be accessed here. The research will be used to inform future plans for course work about gifted children.


In state and territory news …

Early childhood teachers in Victoria will need to register before 31 December 2016 via the online EC service portal; the Northern Territory Government has announced the first five panellists for the Early Childhood Development plan; the Queensland Government has announced an expansion of the Remote Kindergarten Pilot Program; the South Australian Government has tabled new child safety legislation and will invest $432 million to develop a new child protection system; the Pauline Gandel Children’s Gallery has opened at Melbourne Museum, providing a creative space for children aged birth to five years; the Victorian Department of Education and Training has developed a guide for Identifying and responding to all forms of abuse in early childhood services; and Expressions of Interest are now open for B4 Coalition Leader appointments in Tasmania to help connect parents or carers to their children's education.

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Early Childhood Australia Learning Hub

Special offer
Subscribe to the 2017 ECA Learning Hub before 22 December 2016 and receive two free webinars from the 2016 ECA National Conference! Already a current subscriber? Send us an email with your service name to receive the webinar passcode. Click here to find out more about subscriptions.

KidsMatter Early Childhood

Holiday tips for parents and educators
Get great tips for parents and carers on healthy treats and snacks and how to keep children active these holidays. Like the Early Learning: Everyone Benefits Facebook page to see these and other tips as they appear in the newsfeed.

KidsMatter Early Childhood

Preparing for 2017
Wrapping up and preparing for 2017 in 3 easy steps:
1. Celebrate
whether you have done a lot, a little or seemingly nothingcelebrate!
2. Record what you have achieved.
3. Make a simple and achievable plan for 2017.
Get more tips here.

Early Years Connect

Early Years Connect webinars
The Early Years Connect webinars will be continuing in 2017 with a great range of topics and new presenters. All Early Years Connect webinars are available to watch on the Early Years Connect website.

Start Early

Inclusion resources
Following the release of ECA’s Statement on the inclusion of every child in early childhood education and care, this webpage lists a number of inclusion resources available for early childhood educators. Click here to explore inclusion.

Happy Holidays

Happy holidays from everyone at ECA
This is the last issue of WebWatch for 2016. Thank you for following the latest early childhood news with Early Childhood Australia. Stay tuned in 2017WebWatch will be back on 18 January.

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