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The latest early childhood news!
 

In this issue, the call for papers is now open for the 2019 AJEC Research Symposium; join the World Forum Foundation in Macao, China, from 8–11 April for the 2019 World Forum on Early Care and Education; book your spot today for the 2018 ECA National Conference; and Australia’s first ever Early Learning Matters Week was a huge success! In other news, don’t miss these insightful masterclasses on Wednesday 19 September: 'Collaborative leadership in a world of complexity' and 'Nature Pedagogy meets technology: A perfect match or an incompatible disaster?'; the Victorian Labor Government has overseen a boost to participation rates of Aboriginal children in three- and four-year-old kindergarten; a fourth round of the Stronger Communities Programme has been announced; and SNAICC is developing a series of profiles to provide an overview of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children and Family Centres still in operation, as they will face new challenges under the mainstream Child Care Package. Around the country, researchers at Macquarie University invite you to take part in an online survey regarding the collection and use of data; say thank you to early childhood educators during Early Childhood Educators Day on 5 September; get involved in National Child Protection Week from 2–8 September; and help to ‘Save out Seas’ during Keep Australia Beautiful Week from 20–26 August. 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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2019 World Forum
 
The World Forum Foundation (WFF) is committed to improving the life chances of the world's children by connecting, informing and inspiring. Join the World Forum Foundation in Macao, China, from 8–11 April for the 2019 World Forum on Early Care and Education! Immerse yourself in the unique World Forum experience by connecting with more than 800 delegates from 75 countries. Visit the WFF website to learn more.
 

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Early Learning Matters
 
Hosted by the Early Learning: Everyone Benefits campaign, Australia's first ever Early Learning Matters Week was a huge success! The week saw 66 Federal MPs and Senators, from all parties, visit 67 services across all six states and the ACT. Services across the country uploaded images with descriptions of early learning activities to Instagram using the hashtag #EARLYLearningMatters. Click here to view the Facebook albums.
 

 

Stronger Communities
 
A fourth round of the Stronger Communities Programme has been announced. The objective of the Stronger Communities Programme is to improve local community participation, cohesion and contribute to vibrant and viable communities. Eligible applicants can apply for funding grants of at least $2500 and up to a maximum of $20 000. Click here for more information, including project examples, or to apply today.
 

 

Deepening understanding
 
SNAICC—National Voice for our Children is developing a series of profiles to provide an overview of the 36 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children and Family Centres (ACFC) still operating across Australia. As of July 2018, the ACFCs will face new challenges under the mainstream Child Care Package. The profiles aim to deepen understanding of the work and impact of these important services, and foster sharing and exchange.
 

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Boosting participation
 
The 'Koorie Kids Shine at Kindergarten' campaign encourages more Aboriginal children to access 15 hours of free three- and four-year-old kindergarten. Progress was highlighted during National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day, stating that the Victorian Labor Government has overseen a boost to participation rates, from 79.6 per cent (2014) to 94 per cent (2017).
 

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Survey opportunity
 
Are you an early childhood educator involved in developing educational plans in childcare centres/preschools in Australia? If so, researchers at Macquarie University invite you to take part in an online survey regarding the collection and use of data. Those participating may enter a draw to win one of two $100 gift vouchers. Please forward this to anyone who is eligible. For more information, click here.
 

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National Child Protection Week
 
A number of National Child Protection Week posters are now available. This important week, held from 2–8 September, is a perfect opportunity for everyone in the community to think about how we can work together to keep all children safe. Click here to get involved today.
 

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Early Childhood Educators Day
 
On 5 September, Early Childhood Educators Day recognises and celebrates the work of Australia's early years educators for their wonderful contribution to the wellbeing and healthy development of the young children in their care. Take the time to say thank you! Find out more here if you would like to get involved.
 

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Keep Australia Beautiful Week
 
From 20–26 August it's time to Keep Australia Beautiful! This annual event helps raise awareness about the simple things we can all do in our daily lives to reduce our impact on the environment and encourage action. The key theme for 2018 is 'SOS—Save our Seas'. Click here to find out how you can get involved.
 

 

A perfect match at the ECA conference

 

If you're attending the 2018 ECA National Conference, or will be in Sydney on Wednesday 19 September, then don't miss your chance to attend this insightful masterclass. Drawing together two diverse fields, Claire Warden and Dr Kate Highfield present, 'Nature Pedagogy meets technology: A perfect match or an incompatible disaster?' Participants will engage in hands-on sessions exploring Nature Pedagogy and technology, focusing on opportunities and challenges for educators. Click here for more information, or to register today. Further masterclass information is included under the ECA Leadership Program section below.

 
 
National Science Week 2018
 
 

In state and territory news ...
 

A new, inclusive playground that gives people with disability the opportunity to play and learn in a safe and fun environment, has officially opened in South Australia (SA), with the help of State Government funding; the Victorian State Government is helping parents and carers who need a little extra parenting support through a free hotline and online service, which runs for up to 10 weeks; in Toowoomba, an organisation that works with families to help keep them together, and that supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the care system, has received Queensland Government funding of $175 000 to help turn their ideas into reality; the Marshall Liberal Government in SA is delivering on a key election commitment by providing $1.66 million over the next four years to enable a vital women's domestic violence crisis hotline to operate around-the-clock; and Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson has officially opened a new combined toy and library service for people with disability and their families in East Victoria Park, Western Australia.

 
Early Childhood Australia Learning Hub
 

New webinar
 
What is the Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) and how can educators access site level information? In this new, highly practical ECA Learning Hub webinar, Dr Jessie Jovanovic explores, step-by-step, why the data is useful for educators, what it tells us and some of the ways it can be used in practice. Begin to consider how to use AEDC data in your setting. Click here to learn more.
 

Early Learning campaign
 

Thank you!
 
Thank you to those who participated in the first #EARLYLearningMatters Week, held from 5–12 August! View inspiring images of early learning activities here, and photos of visits by Federal MPs and Senators. Join the Early Learning: Everyone Benefits campaign to get involved in increasing children's access to quality early learning. Everyone benefits when we invest in the early years.
 

KidsMatter Early Childhood
 

About events
 
KidsMatter offers many online events for professional learning. First, attend a Getting Started event where you begin using the framework to inform practice. Then, attend Check-ins to ask questions about professional learning and mental health, to explore important themes and create national networks. Our consultants host all events and work with you throughout your KidsMatter journey.
 

ECA Leadership Program
 

Masterclass
 
Attend an ECA Leadership Program masterclass on 19 September! Presented by Leanne Gibbs, 'Collaborative leadership in a world of complexity' will expand your knowledge on leadership and collaborative approaches to building your team. Watch this 30 second video on why you should attend. For more information, or to register, click here.
 

AJEC Symposium 2019
 

Call for papers
 
The call for papers is now open for the 2019 AJEC Research Symposium! The symposium will be held in Melbourne from 14–15 February 2019, in partnership with the Australian Catholic University and La Trobe University. Now in its second year, the 2019 event is sure to be another success. Submit an abstract today!
 

ECA 2018 conference
 

Book now!
 
Secure your spot today for the 2018 ECA National Conference! This event recognises the impact of high-quality early education and the importance of investing in ongoing professional development. Catch the latest from conference keynote and leading children's advocate, Dr Cindy Blackstock, on The Spoke. Click here to book now!
 

 
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 290, August 2018.
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