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Early Childhood Australia WebWatch
 

The latest early childhood news!
 

In this issue, Early Childhood Australia (ECA) has welcomed the release of the new physical activity guidelines; SNAICC has welcomed the final report into the protection and detention of children in the Northern Territory; and the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence begins 25 November. In other news, the government is investing $263 million to expand ParentsNext nationally from 1 July 2018; a funding boost has been announced for a number of schools across Victoria to better support the social and education needs of young people with a disability; and sign-up for an annual subscription to any of ECA's core publications to receive five titles for the price of four! New resources include tips on encouraging children's good behaviour from Raising Children Network; and the Good Tucker app which provides healthy lifestyle education for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Around the country, ECA is calling for expressions of interest for author/s of new publications in the Everyday Learning Series; take part in an important research study regarding professional reading; and the call for abstracts for the Australian Institute of Family Studies 2018 Conference closes 8 December 2017. 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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Physical activity guidelines
 
ECA has welcomed the release of the Australian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for the Early Years (Birth to 5 years): An Integration of Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour, and Sleep. The guidelines provide useful information to parents about the levels of physical activity that young children need to engage in to ensure optimum health and wellbeing.
 

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Write for ECA!
 
ECA is calling for expressions of interest (EOI) for author/s of new publications in the Everyday Learning Series. ECA is seeking authors for the following topics: Learning to read; and Wellbeing of parents and educators. Further information on the topics and the application process is available here. EOI submissions close Monday 27 November 2017.
 

 

The Good Tucker app
 
The Good Tucker app is now available and provides healthy lifestyle education for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. The app was developed by Uncle Jimmy Thumbs Up!, The University of South Australia and Menzies School of Health Research, in partnership with The George Institute, to help identify the healthiest food and drink options available in stores.
 

 

ParentsNext expansion
 
The Turnbull Government has released the Request for Tender for ParentsNext 2018–2021. As announced in the 2017–2018 Budget, the government is investing $263 million to expand ParentsNext nationally from 1 July 2018—it will be expanded to all non-remote regions of Australia to help parents to plan and prepare for employment by the time their children are at school.
 

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AIFS 2018 Conference
 
What’s working, or not working, for families now? Can we imagine a future where 'what matters most to families' drives the work of researchers, policy-makers and service providers? Discuss these questions and more at the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) 2018 Conference, to be held from 25–27 July in Melbourne. The call for abstracts closes 8 December 2017—submit today!
 

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Supporting inclusion
 
Funding under the $20 million Inclusive Schools Fund has been announced for a number of schools across Victoria to better support the social and education needs of young people with a disability. This funding boost will allow schools to build all-access play areas, sensory gardens and outdoor learning areas to support students with disabilities and special needs.
 

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Tips to encourage good behaviour
 
Raising Children Network has released a number of tips on encouraging children's good behaviour. Tips include: Be a role model; Create an environment for good behaviour; Make your child feel important; and Choose your battles. Access the full page of tips here
 

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Five titles for the price of four!
 
For a limited time, if you sign-up for an annual subscription to any of ECA's core publications, you will receive one publication for free—that's five titles for the price of four! Click here to sign up today.
 

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16 Days of Activism
 
The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign held each year from 25 November (the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to 10 December (Human Rights Day). This world-wide event calls for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.
 

 

Invitation to participate in an important research study

 

The aim of this research study is to explore the perceptions and experiences of professionals in the early childhood sector regarding ways that professional reading supports them to engage with evidence-based practice to improve learning and development outcomes for young children. Click here to view the Invitation, Plain language statement and Consent form for further information. Please email your signed consent form to the Principal Researcher, Jackie Brien, at jbrien@student.unimelb.edu.au. Upon receipt of your signed consent form, the link to the questionnaire will be emailed to you.

 
 

Northern Territory child protection system

 

SNAICC—National Voice for our Children has welcomed the final report from the Royal Commission into the protection and detention of children in the Northern Territory. SNAICC says this is the time for genuine partnership between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and the Federal and Northern Territory Governments to address a Northern Territory child protection system that is in crisis.

 
 
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In state and territory news ...
 

Playgrounds and play spaces across New South Wales will need to meet a new standard of design to cater for all people, including disabled and able-bodied children and their carers; in Victoria, the Andrews Labor Government is cracking down on medical practitioners who make false statements about a child's ability to be immunised with tough new 'No Jab, No Play' requirements; more than $1.8 million has been awarded to Ngala Family Services for its Residential Parenting Service in Kensington, Western Australia; a re-elected Palaszczuk Government will employ at least 3700 new teachers over the next four years to keep downward pressure on class sizes and ensure all Queensland children have access to a world-class education; the Hodgman Liberal Government will partner with ECA Tasmania Branch to progress the Early Years and School Age Care Sectors Workforce Plan for Tasmania 2017–2020—the government will provide funding for the plan, which is about up-skilling teachers to ensure children get the best possible start in life; and $1.7 million will be provided to expand the successful Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies program to rural and regional Victoria.

 
Early Childhood Australia Learning Hub
 

New webinar coming soon
 
Sustainability is about regeneration, prosperity and equality. Dr Sue Elliott examines what sustainability looks like within early childhood and what educators can do to facilitate change in their early childhood services. Before the launch of this new webinar, start or continue your sustainability journey and see Dr Sue Elliott in the ECA Learning Hub module, 'Education for sustainability'.
 

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ELEB Children's Week event
 
Why would a business leader promote the importance of early learning? Read the compelling speech Greg Hutchinson MA gave at the State of Early Learning Children's Week event at Parliament House in Canberra, hosted by the Early Learning: Everyone Benefits (ELEB) campaign. Show your support for the campaign today—click here to find out how!
 

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Leading successful learning
 
The Leadership guide is the go-to resource for anyone planning and leading KidsMatter professional learning. It simplifies planning and review processes, keeps learning relevant and makes learning more visible. Used in conjunction with the Leadership guide, the Participant workbooks are a great tool to record discussions and learning, set goals and review your progression.
 

ECA 2018 conference
 

Closing soon!
 
Applications to present at the 2018 Early Childhood Australia National Conference are closing soon! Submit before 7 December 2017 so you don't miss out. Click here to access the list of conference presentation themes. The 2018 conference will be held in Sydney at the International Convention Centre from 19–22 September 2018.
 

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Subscribe
 
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!
 

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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. Register 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 273, November 2017.
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