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The latest early childhood news!

In this issue, the Federal Coalition Government has opened up a process of consultation with the families and children sector; and Australia’s first-ever Early Learning Matters Week will show how early childhood education supports the wellbeing of children, families and society. In other news, ECA WA is leading a campaign to raise public awareness about the importance of play; National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day celebrations are coming up on 4 August; you can host a White Ribbon Night from 27 to 29 July to end violence against women; and ECA has partnered with the Australian Digital Health Agency to provide information for the early childhood education and care sector about the My Health Record Expansion Program. Around the country, CHOICE is calling for urgent reform to Australia’s product safety system; on 31 July, National Stepfamily Awareness Day will provide an opportunity to acknowledge the great work that stepfamilies do; new data shows that teachers’ administrative duties are a hindrance to their core job; and get together with family and friends on National Pyjama Day to help raise funds for children in foster care. 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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Right to play
ECA WA is leading a campaign to raise public awareness about the importance of play. Support their advocacy to reinstate young children’s right to learn through play at school and in the community. Your endorsement of the idea to establish a WA Play Strategy will provide influence toward elevating the status of play in children's lives. Learn more here or click here to endorse the strategy.  


Celebrating Children’s Day
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day is on 4 August 2018. This year’s theme is Celebrating Our Children for 30 Years, and SNAICC—National Voice for our Children is inviting communities to take a walk down memory lane, as it revisits some of the highlights since the establishment of the first Children’s Day in 1988. Click here to find out more.


Early Learning Matters
Australia’s first ever Early Learning Matters Week, from 5–12 August, is a nation-wide Early Learning: Everyone Benefits campaign initiative to show how early childhood education supports the wellbeing of children, families and society. Educators are invited to take photos of their early learning activities and share them on social media using #EARLYLearningMatters (ensure photos don't identify children). Click here to get involved!


Input on services
The Federal Coalition Government is welcoming the opportunity to work together with the families and children sector to secure the best possible outcomes for families. The Department of Social Services will undertake 46 face-to-face consultations around the country and an online engagement process will take place till 15 August 2018. Click here to provide feedback or find out how you can participate.


Product safety issues
Consumer advocacy group, CHOICE, is calling for urgent reform to Australia’s product safety system as a substantial number of children’s products, including cots and strollers, have failed its tests in ways that raise serious safety concerns. The group is urging the Federal Government to take action and introduce a new law requiring businesses to sell safe products. Click here to join the campaign.


My Health Record update
You may have seen media coverage of the Australian government’s My Health Record. ECA has created a webpage with information and links for the early childhood education and care sector about the program. Every Australian will have an online health record by the end of 2018, unless they opt out (before 15 October). To find links, learn how to use it, secure it or opt out, click here


White Ribbon Night
From 27 to 29 July, you can make a difference by hosting a White Ribbon Night at home, at your workplace, your school or your sports club. Raise valuable funds for White Ribbon Australia's work in prevention of violence against women in Australia. Stand up, speak out and act. Click here to find more information.


Teachers and documentation
A survey of 18 000 primary and secondary public school teachers reveals the severe and intrusive impact of data collection requirements on teachers’ core job of providing quality teaching to support student learning. Click here to find more information on the survey. Read the report here.


Stepfamily Awareness Day
National Stepfamily Awareness Day will be held on 31 July, and will provide an opportunity to acknowledge, promote and celebrate the great work that stepfamilies do. Click here to join the community, or to find support and parenting help.


National Pyjama Day 


National Pyjama Day on 20 July will give you an excuse to stay in your jammies all day, but for a good cause. So, get together with family, friends and colleagues to help raise funds for children in foster care. Click here to find out how you can get involved. 

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In state and territory news ...

In Victoria, government schools will receive extra resources to strengthen inclusive education for every student; Western Australia’s Whiteman Park will get a major universal design nature playground with more than 40 play features, thanks to a $1.25 million grant from the McGowan Government; under an expansion of the Share Our Space Program, 166 more school playgrounds in New South Wales will be open to the community these winter holidays; in Queensland, the Minister for Education has released an updated Student Dress Code procedure, which will offer more uniform choices for girls; in South Australia, the State Government has commenced work on tough new laws to crack down on domestic and family violence; a new interactive reality-based app will make road safety education accessible to more students across Western Australia; and Northern Territory will be welcoming 38 new teachers from next week onwards.

Early Childhood Australia Learning Hub

New package
The new package, Encountering and interpreting the principles of Reggio Emilia, now contributes to three hours of NESA Registered professional development (PD) for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW. Check which standards it’s mapped against, and learn more about the package here.

Early Learning Everyone Benefits

Get involved!
Help families understand how quality early learning supports children’s development. Click here to find out what outcomes parents should expect from early childhood education and care, as well as what preschoolers should ideally be learning. Please read and share this blog. Find out how to get involved in Early Learning Matters Week 2018. 

KidsMatter Early Childhood

Series finale
Use the last four webinars in our latest series to re-connect with, or start, the KidsMatter experience. You can book these very relevant professional practice topics today: Play as the ultimate learning tool, Self-regulation, Managing emotions and Partnering with parents. Start the KidsMatter journey with these webinars!

The ECA Blog - The Spoke

New posts
Read our new blog posts on resilience, wellbeing and cultural competence, including ECA Conference Keynote Stan Grant on how his early years shaped him; children’s social and emotional development; Anne Kennedy on Reflective Practice; and the discussion of reconciliation continues with new comments on the Sorry Sorry blog post. Join the conversation today.

Early Childhood Australia Leadership Program

Sale extended 
The ECA Leadership Program sale has been extended until 30 September 2018! The program is designed to support you and your team to further develop your leadership skills, and is part of the pathway toward building personal and professional capacity and identity. It's the best way to develop and map your professional development skills. Click here to learn more and to enrol today!

ECA 2018 conference

Book now!
Only 60 days till our 2018 ECA National Conference Be the difference for children and families. Secure your spot today! This event will bring people together to recognise the impact of high-quality early childhood education, and the importance of investing in ongoing professional development. Stay up
to date with the newsletter here. Click here to book now!


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ECA WebWatch—Issue 288, July 2018.
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