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The latest early childhood news!
 

In this issue: a new report, Bringing Them Home 20 Years On, sets out an action plan to overhaul Australia’s Indigenous policy landscape; the latest 2016 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Young People has been released; the theme of this year's Premiers' Reading Challenge for the Early Years is 'Share a book today'; and the government will invest $263 million into training and support to assist Australian parents returning to the workforce. A couple of surveys are also on offer: a Macquarie University survey on 'An exploration of family social media networking experiences'; and a survey on the development of ECA's Statement on young children and digital technology use. Looking at new resources and standards, the product safety standard for babies' dummies and dummy chains has been strengthened; the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority is developing improved resources for family day care providers, nominated supervisors, coordinators and educators; a new ECA Leadership Program will be available by the end of May 2017; and free access to Start Early: Respectful relationships for life is ending in the coming weeks. In events and awards news, applications for the Anti-Bias Award close 5.00 pm, 30 June 2017; the Jobs for Families Child Care Package information sessions will be held across Australia in May and June 2017; and early bird registrations close 23 June for the 7th SNAICC National Conference. And finally, 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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SNAICC Conference 
 
Early bird registrations are still open for the 7th SNAICC National Conference to be held from 12–14 September 2017. Hosted by SNAICC—National Voice for our Children, the conference aims to provide a powerful and inspiring experience for all those attending. Early bird registrations close 23 June, so get in quick! For a full list of prices and further information, visit the SNAICC website.
 

 

Anti-Bias Award
 
The Anti-Bias Award encourages educators and teachers from across the field of early childhood to reignite and re-engage with anti-bias approaches. This award recognises educators for their pedagogical leadership in making anti-bias practices central to everyday practice. Applications close 5.00 pm, 30 June 2017. More information on the application process can be found here.
 

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Keeping kids active
 
Active Healthy Kids Australia's 2016 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Young People has revealed that Australian children are lagging behind their international peers in physical activity. It's important that parents and the wider community take steps to counter the problem and make physical activity a part of children's regular routines.
 

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Supporting parents
 
The government will invest $263 million into training and support to assist Australian parents returning to the workforce. The ParentsNext programme will be expanded across the country to 20 new locations. The centres will connect parents of young children with tailored support to improve their work readiness by the time their children start school.
 

 

Product safety
 
The Australian product safety standard for babies' dummies and dummy chains has been strengthened, following a review by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. The recommendations simplify the standard and include guidance on flexible and non-flexible designs. Since the safety standard's introduction in 2006, there have been fewer injuries and no deaths.
 

 

Bringing Them Home
 
Australia's aging stolen generations are still struggling with the impacts of unresolved trauma, and need a new policy approach to assist them and their families to heal. This was a key finding of a major new report launched yesterday by the Healing Foundation. This new report, Bringing Them Home 20 Years On, sets out an action plan to overhaul Australia's Indigenous policy landscape.
 

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Share a book today
 
The theme of this year's Premiers' Reading Challenge for the Early Years is 'Share a book today'. Research shows that regular reading with young children from birth can have a direct impact on their performance at school and cognitive skills later in life.
 

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Survey opportunity
 
You are invited to participate in a study of 'An exploration of family social media networking experiences' from Macquarie University. The university is interested in the experiences of parents who have children under the age of six years—complete the online survey here
 

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New resources from ACECQA
 
The Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) is working with the Australian, state and territory governments to develop new and improved resources—including information sheets and guides—for family day care providers, nominated supervisors, coordinators and educators.
 

 

ECA's new Leadership Program

 

Don't miss the new ECA Leadership Program to be released at the end of May 2017! An essential, self-paced, sector-reviewed, strengths-based, practical online quality leadership program for experienced and aspiring early learning and care leaders.
To find out more call the ECA Customer Service team on 1800 356 900 (free call in Australia).

 
 

Have your say

 

ECA is developing a Statement on young children and digital technology use. This statement will support the early childhood education and care sector, and families, to understand best practices in using technology by, with and for young children. We want to hear your voice: take the survey and share the link throughout your networks.

 
 
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Jobs for Families information sessions

 

The Australian Government Department of Education and Training is conducting information sessions on the Jobs for Families Child Care Package across Australia. Sessions will be held at a number of locations from 25 May to 13 June 2017. Click here for further information.

 
 

Free resources from Start Early

 

Free access to Start Early: Respectful relationships for life will end soon. If you haven't already registered for these three short online courses (modules) for educators and carers, do it now. Start Early supports the early childhood education and care sector to foster young children's lifelong relationship skills. Click here for more information or to register today.

 
 

In state and territory news ...
 

In Queensland, domestic violence help will be driving to the doors of Gold Coast women and children with the rollout of the region's first standalone mobile support service; in Victoria, 347 small rural and regionally based government schools will receive a better digital education; under the McGowan Labor Government's Waste Wise Schools program, eligible schools in Western Australia have been allocated funding to contribute to their waste reduction and recycling projects; as part of the 2017–2018 Budget, the Australian Capital Territory Government will hire more people to protect Canberra's most vulnerable children; the Tasmanian Government will be investing in health and safety research and funding to better support principals and ensure young people get the best education possible; Victorian schools can now enter Sustainability Victoria's ResourceSmart Schools Awards; and the Palaszczuk Government will establish a public health commission to tackle Queensland's high obesity and chronic disease rates by supporting children and families to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

 
Early Childhood Australia Learning Hub
 

Extending your LDCPDP
 
The clock is ticking on professional development, but the ECA Learning Hub Annual Subscription can give you more time. Take out a subscription using your LDCPDP funds before 30 June and extend your budget for another year. Choose a subscription that works for you at the Learning Hub website.
 

KidsMatter Early Childhood
 

New video!
 
In this new video on the Early Learning: Everyone Benefits Facebook page, see what National Children's Commissioner Megan Mitchell, Anne Stonehouse and Professor Christine Woodrow from Western Sydney University, and other leading experts say about the benefits of early learning for our whole society.
 

KidsMatter Early Childhood
 

Upcoming webinar
 
Join a panel of educators and learn why early childhood services become involved in KidsMatter, how they have shaped their approach to KidsMatter and how their practices lead to changes benefitting the wellbeing of children, families and educators. Register here for the upcoming webinar
 

Early Years Connect
 

New blog from Early Years Connect
 
Aussie Deaf Kids' Anne Porter explores the inclusion for deaf and hard of hearing children in early childhood settings and provides strategies and advice on how to support these children in their early learning. Read the article here.
 

Digital Business Kit
 

Last chance!
 
The Digital Business Kit closes soon and so will access to this free resource. The Kit supports the early childhood sector in 'Getting up to speed with technology'. Now is a good time to download the free PDF factsheets and profiles, or view videos. Click here for more.
 

Start Early
 

Save the date!
 
Save the date for the 2018 AJEC Research Symposium! For the first time, the AJEC Symposium will be held as a standalone event from 16–17 February 2018, providing even more opportunities to share and discuss innovative research and findings. Call for papers will open soon!
 

 
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 260, May 2017.
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