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In this issue, registrations are now open for the 2017 ECA Live Wires Forum; the event program is available for the SNAICC National Conference to be held in September; the 4th wave of Australian Community Children's Services (ACCS) Trends in Community Children's Services Survey (TICCSS) is now open; and the Big Steps campaign is asking people to register their interest. In other news, from 1 October 2017 there will be less paper-based forms for the National Quality Framework; new modules are now available on the ECA Leadership Program website; and the inaugural 2017 'Hear Me, See Me' Art Exhibition will be showcased in Brisbane this Friday 1 September. Around the country, it's Father's Day this Sunday 3 September; National Child Protection Week 2017 will run from 3–9 September; the first Little Scientists Conference will be held in Melbourne on 26 September; and it's National Literacy and Numeracy Week from 4–10 September, which includes Indigenous Literacy Day. 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
With only two weeks to go until the 7th SNAICC National Conference, the program is now available on the conference website. Coinciding with the 20-year anniversary of the Bringing Them Home report, this conference will focus on issues of ongoing child removal and its causes and consequences for children, families and communities. To be held from 12–14 September at Canberra's National Convention Centre—register today!


Child Protection Week
National Child Protection Week is a wonderful opportunity for everyone in the community to think about how we can work together to keep all children safe—we all have a part to play in protecting all children! Get involved by displaying posters in your service, or by planning or attending an event, including morning tea or a family day out. National Child Protection Week 2017 will run from 3–9 September. Click here to find out more.


Less paperwork
Due to a streamlining of business systems to make them more efficient, from 1 October 2017 there will be less paper-based forms for the National Quality Framework. Education and care providers will submit forms to their regulatory authority through the National Quality Agenda IT System (NQA IT System).


Indigenous Literacy Day
Indigenous Literacy Day on 6 September 2017 is a national celebration of Indigenous culture, stories, language and literacy, encouraging people around Australia to raise funds and advocate for more equal access to literacy resources for remote communities. Click here to see how you can get involved.


Big Steps campaign
The Big Steps campaign is the banner under which United Voice members have come together to fight for equal pay in early education. While the sector has moved toward high-quality, evidenced-based practice, pay has not moved alongside it. For more information about the actions of Big Steps and how you can get involved, register your interest here, or join the Facebook page.


'Hear Me, See Me'
Young Queenslanders aged five to 18 years were invited to share their voices and vision about the kind of world they want to live in by entering the inaugural 2017 'Hear Me, See Me' Art Exhibition. The various artistic expressions will be showcased at Queensland University of Technology's (QUT) Gardens Point Room ThreeSixty this Friday 1 September. Click here for more information.


Father's Day
It's Father's Day this Sunday 3 September, so get the kids involved in making this day one that dad won't forget. Check out community websites in your area for any events, or click here for some great Father's Day activities that the whole family can get involved in.


Literacy and Numeracy Week
National Literacy and Numeracy Week 2017 will be held from 4–10 September. This week highlights the importance of literacy and numeracy skills for all children and young people, with schools having the opportunity to be involved in a range of activities. Find out more here!


ECA Leadership Program
The ECA Leadership Program is a strengths-based, self-directed, short-term program for both current and aspiring early childhood leaders in diverse settings. New modules are now available on the ECA Leadership Program website. If you haven't already, sign up today!


Trends in Community Children's Services Survey 4th wave—NOW OPEN


The 4th wave of Australian Community Children's Services (ACCS) Trends in Community Children's Services Survey (TICCSS) is now open and can be completed here. ACCS invites all education and care services to complete the survey and have a say on: the National Quality Framework; staff qualifications, recruitment and training; waiting lists and utilisation; fees; and vulnerabilities in your community. For more information and to begin the survey click here.


The first Little Scientists Conference


The Little Scientists Conference 2017 will be held in Melbourne on 26 September 2017 for early childhood educators and teachers working with children aged three to six years. Attracting early childhood professionals across Australia, watch them come together to: discover how to ignite young children's curiosity for STEM exploration with the Little Scientists educational approach; hear the latest from the conference's inspiring keynote speakers; and partake in exciting hands-on workshops that are linked to inquiry-based learning, each focusing on a specific STEM topic. Learn more here!

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In state and territory news ...

The Andrews Labor Government in Victoria is helping thousands of women and children leave family violence and set up safe homes; in Queensland, a tooth brushing program for Prep and Year 1 students will be rolled out across all Logan primary schools in a bid to reduce dental decay rates in children; the South Australian State Government is investing $1.8 million towards student wellbeing programs, services and initiatives to support the needs of preschool and primary students; the McGowan Government has secured funding for the highly successful Better Beginnings early literacy program in Western Australia; and Australia mourns the loss of the Hon. Fiona Richardson MP, Australia's first Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence.

NESA accreditation

NESA accreditation
ECA Learning Hub is endorsed to provide NESA registered professional development for teachers accredited at Proficient Teacher level. Selected ECA Learning Hub modules now provide one hour of NESA registered professional development. Modules include 'Outdoor learning' and 'Maths is everywhere'. Click here to explore the full list.

KidsMatter Early Childhood

The art of wonder
'Play is something that children initiate … We now know that we can improve children's learning by interacting with children when they are playing.' These fascinating insights and more can be found in The art of wonder in children's play by Margaret Sims, which sheds light on the latest thinking on the importance of play in early childhood education.

KidsMatter Early Childhood

Professional learning
Is your service looking to start mental health professional learning in a way that perfectly suits your place? Sometimes too much choice can be confusing, so we've come up with five ways your team can approach KidsMatter professional learning. Choose your favourite approach, or combine a few to make KidsMatter professional learning happen! Read more here.

Start Early

ECA Live Wires Forum
Registrations are now open for the 2017 ECA Live Wires Forum—a two-day professional development event held over 24–25 November. It's your opportunity to connect with the latest thinking and early childhood theory and practice in digital technologies. Find out more here.

The ECA Blog - The Spoke

Children and play
'Play helps children to develop healthy bodies, minds, social and emotional capacities, thinking and learning abilities. Play is essential for children ...' Click here to continue reading Play is vital for children's mental health and wellbeing by KidsMatter Early Childhood.

Start Early

Deadline extended!
The call for abstracts for the 2018 AJEC Research Symposium has been extended to 29 September! The event will be held over 16–17 February 2018 at QUT, Brisbane, with the theme of 'Politics, power and agency in early childhood education'. 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 267, August 2017.
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