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The latest early childhood news!

In this issue, register today for the 2018 AJEC Research Symposium—don't miss your chance to network and share cutting-edge knowledge with early childhood academics, students, researchers, practitioners and pedagogy thinkers. In other news, help beyondblue finalise the name of the National Education Initiative by completing a short survey; get involved in a Cancer Council SunSmart program; and the First 1000 Days Australia initiative is currently being trialled in Townsville and Moreton Bay. New resources include: the updated Guide to the National Quality Framework, which is now available to order online; an interactive website about the Stolen Generations; a practical guide on building children's resilience; or read an interesting article on how the image of the typical family in Australia is changing. Around the country, registration is now open for the 2018 ECA Reconciliation Symposium, to be held from 11–12 May in Fremantle, WA; attend one of feedAustralia's upcoming information sessions during February or March; and don't forget to book your tickets for ECA's Far North Coast Early Childhood Education Conference 2018, to be held from 23–24 March in Kingscliff, NSW. 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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New interactive website
A new interactive website about the Stolen Generations is now available to be accessed as a critical resource in classrooms around the country. The website will feature personal stories from members of the Stolen Generations to help school children understand the impact of the forced removal of children from their families.


Survey opportunity
Due to launch in August 2018, the National Education Initiative aims to support the mental health of children and young people in early learning services and schools. To help beyondblue finalise the initiative's name, please complete this short, anonymous and confidential survey by 6 February 2018. Your thoughts will help shape the brand identity.


Building resilience
Developed as part of the Children's Resilience Research Project, Building resilience in children aged 0–12: A practice guide is a useful resource for practitioners working across a broad range of settings. It aims to assist practitioners to promote children's resilience and raise community awareness about it more broadly. Click here to access the full guide.


Far North Coast Conference
The Far North Coast Early Childhood Education Conference 2018 will take place on 23–24 March at Mantra and Peppers Resorts at Salt Beach, Kingscliff New South Wales. Hosted by ECA, the 2018 event features a number of presenters including Maria Aarts, Sarah Moore, Professor Joce Nuttall, Caroline Jordan and Robin Grille. Purchase your tickets today!


SunSmart programs
Students are in school when daily UV radiation levels are at their peak, meaning schools and early childhood settings are uniquely placed to educate about sun protection behaviour. The Cancer Council provides a National SunSmart Schools Program for primary schools and a National SunSmart Early Childhood Program—click here to get involved.


Attend a health session
feedAustralia offers early childhood education and care providers a free and seamless approach to improving nutrition and health education for children. Attend one of the upcoming information sessions during February or March to learn how to improve the health of future generations. Sessions commence Monday 5 February—click here to register.


Registration now open
The 2018 ECA Reconciliation Symposium will be held from 11–12 May 2018 in Fremantle, Western Australia. Registration is now open, with prices from $554 per person. The 2018 event will be led by Catharine Hydon and Jo Goodwin. Register today to explore reconciliation and make a difference within your early years setting!


Guide to the NQF
The new Guide to the National Quality Framework (as at February 2018) is now available to order online via the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority's (ACECQA) secure online payment portal system. Click here to find out more.


The changing Australian family
The Conversation presents an interesting breakdown on how the image of the typical family in Australia is changing. Drawing on data from the 2016 Census, this article looks at the diversity of families, from grandparent-led, to step and blended families. Read the full article here.


First 1000 Days Australia initiative


The First 1000 Days Australia initiative is currently being trialled in Townsville and Moreton Bay. A partnership with the Townsville Aboriginal and Islander Health Service will help local parents to better access the services and support they need during the crucial first two years of their child's life. The Minister for Child Safety, Di Farmer, visited the Townsville Aboriginal and Islander Health Service in Garbutt to see how this initiative will help local families.

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In state and territory news ...

In the Northern Territory (NT), a new three-month pilot program, Operation Tjupi-Tjala, is currently underway in Alice Springs aimed at delivering a more agile response to child protection concerns; in Victoria, the Liberal Nationals Government will introduce a Phonics Check for all Year 1 students—it will involve a one-on-one session of five to seven minutes with the teacher; the Palaszczuk Government has committed $3.6 million to deliver the Yarrabilba Family, Children and Community Hub in Queensland; students across Western Australia will have more one-on-one attention and specialist support, with extra education assistants and Aboriginal and Islander Education Officers starting in classrooms for the new school year; the NT Labor Government's Sport Voucher Scheme is helping to make it easier for children to take part in sport, active recreation and cultural activities; the Andrews Labor Government is upgrading existing Victorian preschools and building new ones to create more than 3300 new kinder places; and children between six months and five years old will be eligible for free flu vaccinations this year, under an influenza vaccination program to be offered by the New South Wales Government.

Early Childhood Australia Learning Hub

Let's talk
In Let's talk: Creating a culture of learning—places of teaching and learning for everyone, Anne Stonehouse AM and Michelle Gujer explore the methods in which educators can create a thriving culture of learning within their settings to support good practice and provide best outcomes for children in this new on-demand webinar.

KidsMatter Early Childhood

Join today
Early Learning: Everyone Benefits is a positive national campaign that aims to increase public awareness and understanding of the benefits of investing in early learning. Sign up today to show your support! Also, purchase a copy of the latest issue of Every Child magazine, which discusses the campaign and advocacy.

KidsMatter Early Childhood

Good news to start 2018
It's all happening at KidsMatter Early Childhood! ECA welcomes the beyondblue National Education Initiative funding extension until 30 June 2021. We have also added new 'Getting Started' events to our online events calendar. Register today to get KidsMatter started at your place. 

ECA 2018 conference

Early bird registration
Join us for the ECA National Conference at the International Convention Centre (ICC), Sydney, from 19–22 September 2018. Be the difference for children and families at the 2018 conference! Early bird registration is now available online—register today to secure a spot at the early bird rate!

Start Early

Position vacant
ECA is seeking an experienced Graphic Designer to join the Publications team on a part-time, temporary basis at ECA's National Office in Canberra. Applications must address the selection criteria and be submitted electronically. Applications close this Sunday 4 February—click here for more information.

Start Early

Register now!
Register now to secure your ticket to the 2018 AJEC Research Symposium, to be held from 16–17 February. Don't miss this unique networking opportunity! The symposium will feature 49 presentations, a panel discussion on 'Research and impact', and presentations from three keynote speakers: Helen May, David Ansell and Ann Farrell.

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 276, January 2018.
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