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Early Childhood Australia WebWatch
 

The latest early childhood news!
 

In this issue, a new resource has been developed by SNAICC—National Voice for our Children about the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle; the Turnbull Government has released new guidelines for the Community Child Care Fund program; and the Northern Territory Labor Government has officially opened the Jilkminggan-Mataranka Families as First Teachers program. In other news, the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority has released a new game to assist educators in engaging with the revised National Quality Standard; the government has launched a new 'Get the Facts about Immunisation' campaign; the 2018 AJEC Research Symposium 'call for abstracts' closes in four weeks—submit your abstract today; and The Journey to Big School workshop from SNAICC is now available. Around the country, National Science Week is in full swing; the 2017 Infants and Toddlers Conference will be held at Macquarie University on 22–23 September; the two-day ECA Live Wires Forum will be held on 24–25 November; register today for the Early Childhood Australia Tasmania 2017 Forum—The Future is in Our Hands; and the 'call for abstracts' for the Family Day Care Australia 2018 National Conference is now open. 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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ATSIC Placement Principle
 
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle (ATSICPP) recognises the importance of connections to family, community, culture and country in child and family welfare legislation, policy and practice. A new resource developed by SNAICC—National Voice for our Children is the first in a series of resources to support enhanced implementation of the ATSICPP.
 

 

CCCF Guidelines released
 
The Turnbull Government has released new guidelines for the Community Child Care Fund (CCCF) program. The CCCF is one of the government's investments into child care and early learning to support families. These guidelines have been made available for viewing ahead of the opening of the first application round for the CCCF—the CCCF competitive grant process will open on 23 August 2017.
 

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National Science Week 2017
 
It's National Science Week 2017! National Science Week is a selection of events, large and small, staged by individuals and organisations across Australia. There are lots of ways to get involved including attending events, visiting museums or science discovery centres, or running your own Science Week event. National Science Week is on from 12–20 August. Click here to get involved!
 

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ECA Live Wires Forum 2017
 
The ECA Live Wires Forum is a two-day professional development event, to be held on 24–25 November 2017, connecting the latest thinking and early childhood theory and practice in digital technologies, with hands-on sessions. It's your opportunity to network with educators and experts about challenges and concerns, current and future directions. Registrations are now open!
 

 

Quest for Quality
 
The new Quest for Quality game from the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) explores the seven quality areas in the revised National Quality Standard (NQS), and key aspects of the National Quality Framework. It is a great way to engage educators at your service with the revised NQS. Visit the ACECQA website for more information.
 

 

Infants and toddlers
 
The 2017 Infants and Toddlers Conference will be held on 22–23 September and brings together leading national and international thought leaders and practitioners in infant–toddler early education and care. The conference aims to enhance the professionalisation and profile of specialist infanttoddler practice, pedagogy and research.
 

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The Journey to Big School
 
The Journey to Big School workshop from SNAICC—National Voice for our Children provides practical tools and focuses on transition programs to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families in their journey from preschool to primary school.
 

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FDCA Conference—call for abstracts
 
The call for abstracts for the Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) 2018 National Conference is now open. FDCA is seeking a wide range of content relating to both family day care and early childhood education and care more broadly. For more information or to submit an abstract, please click here.
 

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Families as First Teachers
 
The Northern Territory Labor Government has officially opened the Jilkminggan-Mataranka Families as First Teachers (FaFT) program. FaFT aims to provide a quality early childhood and family support program for young remote children, aged from birth to the year before they commence preschool, and their families.
 

 

Get the Facts about Immunisation

 

The government has launched a new 'Get the Facts about Immunisation' campaign to encourage Australian parents and carers to get their kids vaccinated. Immunisation rates in Australia are already high, but there are some areas where the immunisation rates are still too low. The new $5.5 million campaign will reach parents in these areas through childcare services and online communication channels. Research has shown that when people are fully informed about the benefits of vaccination, they are more likely to vaccinate.

 
 

The Future is in Our Hands

 

Register today for the Early Childhood Australia Tasmania 2017 Forum—The Future is in Our Hands. Guest speakers include educational consultant Claire Warden; director of MINDWORKS, Laurie Kelly; and CEO of Knightlamp, Stephen Friedrich. The 2017 Forum will be held on Saturday 18 November 2017 at Wrest Point Convention Centre, Hobart. Email the ECA Tasmania branch on ecatas@earlychildhood.org.au for more information.

 
 
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In state and territory news ...
 

The ECA Tasmania Branch welcomed the Tasmanian Government's decision to ensure the state's most vulnerable children and families will have access to quality affordable early learning; more than 4400 Queensland families have registered for playgroup under the Palaszczuk Government's free 12-month Playgroup Queensland membership initiative; the McGowan Government has delivered its key election commitment to return education assistants and Aboriginal and Islander Education Officers (AIEOs) to classrooms in the Pilbara in Western Australia; Museums Victoria welcomed the 3000th baby to its Museum Generation program, an initiative designed to inspire creative learning and play in very young Victorians; Queensland parents will continue to have access to a world-renowned free support and parenting advice program thanks to a boost of $5.35 million; and in South Australia there will be tougher penalties to anyone who behaves in an offensive or abusive manner on school grounds, including threatening or insulting language towards principals, teachers and other staff, under proposed changes in the Education and Children's Services Bill 2017.

 
 
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Now available
 
Live Wires is now available on the ECA Learning Hub! Watch Anita L'Enfant's 'Practically STEM' webinar or browse your ECA Learning Hub Annual Subscription for more Live Wires tech, STEM and digital learning resources on your account. Or, you can buy our resources individually via the ECA online shop. Click here to learn more.
 

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The benefits of early learning
 
How do Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children benefit from early learning? Visit the Early Learning: Everyone Benefits Facebook page to hear early childhood educator and consultant Aunty Denise Proud as she shares her thoughts. Also, be sure to share this inspiring video to encourage people to join the campaign.
 

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New webinar
 
Getting help … Deciding when and where—learn about the ins and outs of mental health and where to go for support. Understanding the differences between mental health, mental health difficulties and disorders is an important aspect for promoting wellbeing, providing support and deciding when and where to get help. Register here.
 

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New modules available
 
The ECA Leadership Program is a strengths-based, self-directed, short-term program for both current and aspiring early childhood leaders in diverse settings. For those already signed up, Modules 5, 6 and 7 are now available on the ECA Leadership Program website. And if you haven’t signed up yet, you can sign up today!
 

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New position
 
ECA is seeking applications for a full-time Publishing Editor position. The Publishing Editor is responsible for the editing, proofing and content development of the organisation. Applications close Tuesday 29 August 2017, and must address the selection criteria. Click here for further information, or to apply.
 

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Four weeks to go!
 
Don't miss out! The 2018 AJEC Research Symposium will be held over 16–17 February 2018 at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, with the theme of ‘Politics, power and agency in early childhood education’. The call for abstracts is closing in four weeks! Submit your abstract here today!
 

 
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 266, August 2017.
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