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In this issue, Early Childhood Australia (ECA) welcomes the appointment of Amanda Rishworth as the new Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education and Development; the Turnbull Government is investing in the ORIGINS Project, a major longitudinal children's health study; and Australian schools are set to receive Remembrance Day educational kits. In other news, the free MumSpace website has been launched to support new mums and mums-to-be; applications are open for the Collette Tayler Indigenous Education Scholarship; and register today for the 2017 ECA Live Wires Forum to go in the draw to win an iPad. Around the country, the Parenting Research Centre is holding a breakfast event in Brisbane on 9 November; Families Australia's fourth National Forum on Building Stronger Australian Families will be held on 1 November; a Northern Territory school is investing in kids through their 'Elders in School' program; the call for abstracts for the 2018 Family Day Care Australia National Conference is now open; and don't forget it's Children's Week until 29 October! 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.


2017 Live Wires Forum register now

Indigenous scholarship
The University of Melbourne invites applications for the Collette Tayler Indigenous Education Scholarship. This scholarship supports Indigenous Australian students in the Master of Teaching (Early Childhood or Early Years) with $6000 per year over the two-year duration of the course. Applications close 30 November 2017. Click here for further information or to submit an application today.


Children's Week
It’s Children's Week from 21–29 October! This annual event celebrates the right of children to enjoy childhood, and is a time for children to demonstrate their talents, skills and abilities. A diverse range of events and activities are organised around the country, with thousands of children and their families getting involved. Click here to find out what celebrations are happening in your area.


New Shadow Minister
Early Childhood Australia (ECA) welcomes the appointment of Amanda Rishworth as the new Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education and Development in Labor's Shadow Cabinet. ECA acknowledges the important progress made under Kate Ellis MP, and is happy that the baton is being passed on to another strong advocate for children and families.


Elders in School
Palmerston's Rosebery Middle School in the Northern Territory is investing in children through their 'Elders in School' program. This innovative program, which aims to build understanding, respect and empathy, sees respected Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members of the local community work as leaders and role models within the school to share their cultural knowledge with students.


Supporting new parents
At least 40 000 Australian women are affected by perinatal depression each year. To help bring down this statistic, the government has launched a new online mental health resource to support new mums and mums-to-be. The MumSpace website provides free access to evidence-based mental health support tools, apps, helplines and other resources.


2017 ECA Live Wires Forum
ECA's Live Wires Forum will be held from 24–25 November in Melbourne. If you register before 31 October you will go in the draw to win an iPad! Also, some people may find it difficult to participate due to limited resources and travel. To assist in these costs, the Northern Territory and Victorian Governments are funding travel scholarships. Find out more here.


2018 FDCA National Conference
The call for abstracts for the 2018 Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) National Conference is now open. The FDCA 2018 National Conference will be held from 6–8 September at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre. The call for abstracts closes 31 October 2017—submit today!


The work of fathering
Register today to participate in Families Australia's fourth National Forum on Building Stronger Australian Families: 'The work of fathering: Balancing jobs and kids'. This forum is free to attend and will be held in Canberra on 1 November 2017. Click here to find out more.


New educational kits
Australian schools will receive an educational kit in preparation for Remembrance Day on 11 November. The aim of this educational kit is to assist schools in planning personal and respectful Remembrance Day activities. Find out more here.




The Turnbull Government is investing in a major longitudinal children's health study: the ORIGINS Project. The Paul Ramsay Foundation will contribute $13 million over 10 years, which the government will match dollar for dollar over the same period. The ORIGINS Project will be conducted by the Telethon Kids Institute and Joondalup Health Campus, and will follow a cohort of 10 000 from pregnancy, to birth, to five years of age.


Contemporary trends in parenting support


Policy-makers, researchers and practitioners in the health, education and welfare sectors will hear about the latest trends in parenting support from Parenting Research Centre leaders in Brisbane on 9 November 2017. This free Brisbane breakfast event, 'Contemporary trends in parenting support', will cover current thinking on parenting support and its importance to policy development and service delivery. Click here for full details.

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In state and territory news ...

In Victoria, sick children will now have access to a world class education while continuing life-saving medical treatment, with the official opening of the Monash Children's Hospital School; the South Australian (SA) Government has today unveiled SA's new Public Education Action Plan: 'Your Child, Their School, Our Future'; Nature Play Western Australia has launched an innovative outdoor play app that encourages children to look at the world around them outside and engage with nature in creative ways; the Queensland Government has announced a new vaccination program for children aged six months to five years old, where up to 300 000 children across Queensland would be eligible for a free flu vaccination next year; Big Fat Smile has opened a state-of-the-art early learning and care centre in the heart of Shellharbour, New South Wales; and Victoria has achieved its best ever immunisation coverage with nearly 95 per cent of five-year-old children now protected against preventable and serious life-threatening diseases.

Early Childhood Australia Learning Hub

New webinar
A new webinar, Making quality visible with Sarah Louise Gandolfo, is now available on the ECA Learning Hub website. What does quality look like? Sarah Louise Gandolfo from Clarendon Children's Centre presents this highly practical webinar on ideas for improving and maintaining quality within your service, and what quality looks like when taking into consideration a service's individual philosophy and community. Learn more here

KidsMatter Early Childhood

Children's voices
During Children's Week, ask children about their views. The Early Learning: Everyone Benefits survey on children's views of their early learning experiences is still open—so far, most children are telling us that they love to play! Find out what your child likes to do at early learning services and at home, and help them have their say—we'd like to reach 1000 responses! Access the survey here.

KidsMatter Early Childhood

Webinars for educators
Educators can find it challenging to dicuss with families a concern they may have with their child. But being able to openly discuss mental health needs of children is important for growing healthy minds. Join Sandy Clark and Rita Johnston for the 'Tricky conversations with families' webinar to learn about using relationships to overcome barriers, and engage in those critical conversations. Register here.

ECA 2018 conference

Submit today!
Applications to present are now open for the 2018 Early Childhood Australia National Conference. The four conference presentation themes are: Leadership and ethics; Rights and respect; Contemporary practice in teaching and learning; and Risk and resilience. The conference will be held in Sydney from 19–22 September 2018.

Start Early

ECA has four core publications available as subscription packages for those working, studying or interested in the early childhood sector: Research in Practice Series; Everyday Learning Series; Every Child magazine; Australasian Journal of Early Childhood. Subscribe today!

Start Early

Register now
The 2018 AJEC Research Symposium encourages early childhood practitioners, students, policy-makers and academics to come together to share cutting-edge knowledge and to strengthen their research networks in Australasia and beyond. The symposium will be held from 16–17 February at QUT in Brisbane. Registration 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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ECA WebWatch—Issue 271, October 2017.
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