View the html version of WebWatch online.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Early Childhood Australia WebWatch
 

The latest early childhood news!
 

In this issue, the Smart Start campaign is inviting parents to take a short survey on how the new Child Care Subsidy is impacting them; under tougher new provisions, parents who refuse to vaccinate their children will end up losing approximately $28 a fortnight from their family tax benefit; and the ParentsNext Program has been rolled out nationally and will aim to help eligible parents plan for future study or employment by the time their children go to school. In other news, a new national awareness campaign is urging parents to check their homes for dangerous and potentially deadly situations caused by unstable furniture; and the federal government’s My Health Record will help individuals and families organise and control key health information in one place. Around the country, NAIDOC Week 2018 will be held from Sunday 8 July and continue through to Sunday 15 July; nominations for the HESTA Early Childhood Education & Care awards close 6 July; and the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority is inviting all approved providers of education and care services to complete another administrative burden perception survey. New resources include the Reading for Life program, available through the Indigenous Reading Project, which provides reading resources for participating students for their entire school life; and a series of practice guides for professionals supporting vulnerable children and families with developmental differences. 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.


 
 

Advertising space
 
IMG
 

ParentsNext goes national
 
The Federal Government’s ParentsNext Program has been rolled out nationally, and aims to help eligible parents plan for future study or employment by the time their children go to school. Providers will work with parents to help them set education and employment goals, and link them to support services in the local community. Click here for more information about the program. 
 

IMG
 

Nominate today!
 
Front-line educators and carers are at the heart of Australia’s early childhood education system. To recognise these deserving professionals, the HESTA Early Childhood Education & Care awards provide $10 000 to each winner in the following categories: Advancing Pedagogy and Practice; Outstanding Graduate; and Building Inclusion. Click here for details. But hurry! Nominations close Friday 6 July.
 

 

Awareness campaign
 
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), in partnership with Kidsafe, has launched a national awareness campaign urging parents to check their homes for dangerous and potentially deadly situations caused by unstable furniture including bookcases, drawers, wardrobes, sideboards and TVs. Click here for more information.
 

 

NAIDOC Week 2018 
 
NAIDOC Week 2018 starts this Sunday 8 July and runs to Sunday 15 July. This year’s theme, Because of Her, We Can!, celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, and the role they have played—and continue to play—at the community, local, state and national levels. Visit the website to find out how you can get involved.
 

IMG
 

Indigenous Reading Project
 
The Indigenous Reading Project is an independent organisation working to improve the reading ability of Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander students. Its latest Reading for Life (RFL) program provides reading resources for participating students for their entire school life. Click here for more information, or to find out how you can support the Indigenous Reading Project
.
 

IMG
 

New survey
 
The Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority is inviting all approved providers of education and care services to complete an administrative burden perception survey. The survey asks providers about their perceptions of burden associated with the administrative requirements under the National Quality Framework. This confidential survey is available until Friday 20 July 2018.
 

IMG

 
Child Care Subsidy Survey
 
Smart Start campaign is inviting parents to take a short survey on how the new Child Care Subsidy is impacting them. This will help gain a national picture of what’s working and what needs to be fixed. Please share this with parents and take the survey here.
 

IMG

 
No Jab, No Pay
 
Under tougher new provisions, the Federal Government’s ‘No Jab, No Pay’ program will see parents who refuse to vaccinate their children losing approximately $28 a fortnight from their family tax benefit. Find out more information here.
 

IMG

 
Developmental differences
 
A series of practice guides have been released by Child Family Community Australia, published by AIFS, for professionals who are supporting vulnerable children and families who may have developmental differences. Click here to access the guides.
 

 

My Health Record

 

My Health Record, developed by the Australian Digital Health Agency, is an online summary of every adult and child’s key health information. This means that everyone, including families with young children, can record details in one online place and control access to important health health information, such as medical conditions, test results and immunisation. Every individual with a Medicare or Department of Veterans Affairs card will automatically receive a My Health Record, unless you choose to ‘opt-out’. Find out more information here. ECA will be providing more information and links in the next WebWatch.

 
 
AJEC 1604 available now
 
 

In state and territory news ...
 

In Queensland, the Palaszczuk Government has announced a new program, SafeCare, to provide extra help for high-risk families on the Gold Coast by investing $2.3 million over three years to trial this new model of intensive family support; Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory can soon expect a dedicated, $6.3 million early childhood centre, which will combine a child and family centre, a Families as First Teachers site and a preschool; the Andrews Labor Government announced the next step in the $17.9 million Early Childhood Language Program, providing children in Victoria with the opportunity to learn another language while attending kindergarten; in Western Australia, more than 60 small public primary schools will receive funding from the McGowan Government to equip their schools with much needed science resources; in South Australia a new Literacy Guarantee Unit has been established within the Education Department and it will focus on improving the state’s education system by giving all students a strong foundation in literacy; and New South Wales (NSW) will see the expansion of the iPLAY physical education program across 150 schools following a successful trial in a few NSW primary schools.

 
Early Childhood Australia Learning Hub
 

New modules
 
Early Childhood Australia and the Reggio Emilia Australia Information Exchange have launched a unique professional development package which aims to increase access to information about Reggio Emilia and provide Australian interpretations of the Reggio Emilia Approach to Education. Learn more about the new package here
 

Early Learning Everyone Benefits
 

New video
 
The campaign has released a new video in support of NAIDOC Week’s theme: Because of her, we can! Aunty Denise Proud, shares how she learnt to ‘walk in the white man’s world’ and applied the insights she gained from her mother to early childhood education. Join the campaign to ensure all children benefit from early learning.
 

KidsMatter Early Childhood
 

New webinars
Communication, managing emotions, and partnering with parents. These are just some of the latest themes being explored in three upcoming KidsMatter Early Childhood webinars. Join in the lively professional discussions about these current hot topics. Click on any or all of the above themes to book your spot today.
 

The ECA Blog - The Spoke
 

Self-regulation
 
Young children make ‘dramatic advances’ when the adults in their lives—educators, teachers and family members—develop their own self-regulation. Our conference keynote speaker, Professor Stuart Shanker, shares his views on this and much more, including how educators can learn the signs and respond to children’s stress cycles. Read the full post here.
 

Early Childhood Australia highlights
 

Write for ECA!
 
ECA is seeking authors for the following Research in Practice Series topics: Spirituality; Mentoring and coaching; Trauma-informed practice; and Transition to school. The call for Expressions of Interest, and further information on each of the topics, is available here. Submissions for the above topics close Monday 9 July 2018. Don't miss out!
 

ECA 2018 conference
 

Register now!
 
We are delighted to announce a special extension to the early bird registration until 13 July 2018! This is in response to feedback from early childhood education and care services who wish to use funds from the new financial year’s budget for professional development. Stay up
to date with the conference newsletter here. Click here to book now!

 

 
To view upcoming early childhood events and professional development opportunities, click here to visit the ECA events page.
 
IMG

 

Become an ECA Member today: Learn more

Subscribe to ECA publications today: Learn more

 
ECA Facebook ECA Twitter ECA LinkedIn ECA Pintrest
 
 
www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au
webwatch@earlychildhood.org.au
 
 
You are receiving this because you are a current subscriber.
Subscribe to our list | Unsubscribe from this list
 
Early Childhood Australia disclaimer
The opinions expressed in the articles and external links are those of the authors and not necessarily those of Early Childhood Australia.
 
ECA WebWatch—Issue 287, July 2018.
© Early Childhood Australia 2018 - All rights reserved