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The latest early childhood news!
 

In this issue, the Early Childhood Australia (ECA) shop is running an EOFY sale across the entire range of resources, and the ECA Leadership Program is ready and waiting for current and future leaders of early childhood—sign up today. In further news, the Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism (Autism CRC) and National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) have collaborated to develop Australia’s first national diagnostic guideline for autism; and the Turnbull Government's plan for real needs-based funding for Australia's schools successfully passed through parliament on 23 June 2017. The Andrews Labor Government in Victoria is expanding their ‘Helping Koorie Kids Shine’ program, which encourages Koorie families to enrol their children in early childhood education; and NAIDOC Week finishes up this weekendto help you celebrate, the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) have compiled a schedule of events across the country. In further news, major changes to the Family Tax Benefit payments were made on Monday 3 July 2017 in a bid by the Turnbull Government to cover childcare costs; and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) recently released a report outlining the links between occurrences during pregnancy and first year of life that influence infant social and emotional development. In other news, ECA Tasmania are hosting their annual forum titled 'The future is in our hands'; and ACECQA have been very busy conducting an online survey of families to understand more about their childcare choices, while also collaborating with state and territory governments to develop an evaluation framework for the National Quality Framework (NQF); this month’s ‘We Hear You’ features children’s author and illustrator and Australian Children’s Laureate for 2016–2017, Leigh Hobbs. 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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Family tax benefits
 
Changes were made to the Family Tax Benefit payments on Monday 3 July 2017, under a breakthrough deal between the government and crossbench senators to pay for childcare reform. Find out how these changes to the Family Tax Benefit will affect you.
 

 

NAIDOC Week finishes up
 
As NAIDOC Week comes to a close, there are many events across the country to help you celebrate this special week—from art exhibits to mural painting and more. Check the schedule to find an event near you.
 

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ACECQA online survey for families
 
ACECQA are conducting an online survey of families to understand more about the way they choose an education and care service for their child in order to improve the information they give to families to inform their decisions. Take part in this short survey here.
 

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ECA Tasmania's annual forum
 
ECA Tasmania is holding their annual forum, titled ‘The future is in our hands’ on Saturday 18 November 2017. Speakers include Claire Warden, Laurie Kelly and Stephen Friedrich. Located at West Point Convention Centre, Hobart, registration is now open—don’t miss out!
 

 

ECA Leadership Program
 
The all new ECA Leadership Program is a strengths-based, self-directed, short-term program for both current and aspiring early childhood leaders in diverse settings. The program has now been officially launched, along with the new website. This program has also embedded the sector's first Leadership Capability Framework. Sign up today!
 

 

Historic funding reform
 
The Turnbull Government's plan for real needs-based funding for Australia's schools passed through parliament on 23 June 2017, ensuring students will get the support and quality education they need to succeed. This historic reform will deliver tangible benefits to students, parents and teachers.   
 

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Leigh Hobbs on 'We Hear You'
 
‘Books and reading never cease to encourage and move us' ... This month on 'We Hear You', children’s author and illustrator, and Australian Children’s Laureate for 2016–2017, Leigh Hobbs, shares his thoughts on books, reading and the ongoing inspiration they provide to children and adults alike.
 

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Evaluation framework for NQF
 
In collaboration with state and territory governments, ACECQA have developed an evaluation framework for the National Quality Framework (NQF) so that governments and their regulatory services will have an agreed way of understanding the NQF. Read the evaluation questions and program logic model here.
 

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'Helping Koorie Kids Shine'
 
The Andrews Labor Government is increasing the number of Koorie children attending kindergartens by expanding a successful campaign that reinforces to Koorie families that it is never too late to enrol their children and ensure they benefit from free, high quality learning programs in the two years before school.
 

 

Australia's first national diagnostic guideline for autism

 

The Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism (Autism CRC) and National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) have collaborated to develop Australia’s first national diagnostic guideline for autism—a critical step to ensuring consistent and equitable access to autism diagnosis. A world-first research study is now underway to identify the most effective interventions for children on the autism spectrum, based on individual characteristics.

 
 

NHMRC report on emotional and social development of infants

 

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) recently analysed the evidence from programs and services delivered during pregnancy, or the first year of life, that may document occurrences that influence infant social and emotional development. A report of this evidence was released by the Chief Executive Officer of the NHMRC, Professor Anne Kelso AO. 

 
 
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In state and territory news ...
 

Throughout Queensland, more eyes will be on children to ensure their safety with mandatory reporting across the early childhood education and care sector starting from 1 July 2017; while in New South Wales (NSW) up to 700 new early childhood education preschools will be created in areas of high demand to ensure NSW children have every opportunity to thrive and prosper; the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) rolls out across the Pilbara and Kimberley regions of Western Australia; Darwin schools focus on healthy relationships to combat domestic violence by teaching children the importance of self-respect and what defines a healthy relationship; and South Australia’s Brompton Primary School is the first to benefit from the State Government’s $250 million STEM Works investment.

 
Early Childhood Australia Learning Hub
 

Online early learning
 
Professional development resources:
• Sandra Cheeseman on Leadership in early childhood (July)
• Live Wires presents Anita L’Enfant, Practically STEM  (August)
Later in 2017:
• Partnerships with families for inclusive practice
• Professional partnerships for early childhood inclusion
• Language learning and literacy.
Visit the ECA Learning Hub.
 

KidsMatter Early Childhood
 

Start Strong
 
The OECD’s latest Starting Strong report provides an update on early childhood education opportunities across the developed world. While Australia has lifted in ECEC enrolment, we can still do more to lift quality and participation in under fours, in order to further benefit on our investment in the early years. Join the national campaign to increase community understanding of the importance of ECEC.
 

KidsMatter Early Childhood
 

Essentials
 
Are you interested in joining a national mental health initiative committed to growing healthy minds? Birth to eight years is a crucial time for mental health development. Join Amelia and Rita as they explore the professional learning options available for shaping KidsMatter to suit the needs and interests of everyone at your place. Register for the webinar here.


The ECA Blog - The Spoke
 

Improving sleep for kids with ADHD
 
Children with ADHD are much more likely than other kids to struggle getting to sleep, and staying asleep. Up to 73 per cent of Australian parents report their child with ADHD has problems sleeping and this can lead to emotional issues. Read on to learn more.
 

The ECA Blog - The Spoke
 

Coming soon
 
Ethics in action: A practical guide to implementing the ECA Code of Ethics is appropriate for both emerging and experienced educators. It provides practical templates and tips on how to incorporate ethics into your daily practice. Keep an eye on the ECA website—this practical guide will be available for purchase soon!
 

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AJEC Call for abstracts now open!
 
ECA is pleased to announce the 2018 AJEC Symposium, ‘Politics, power and agency in early childhood education’. Held over 16–17 February 2018 at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane. Call for abstracts is now open.
 

 
To view upcoming early childhood events and professional development opportunities, click here to visit the ECA events page.
 
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