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In this issue, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has formally acknowledged and apologised for the abuse endured by the thousands of survivors of institutional child sexual abuse; the ACOSS Poverty in Australia 2018 report was launched during Anti-Poverty Week; listen to Kinderling Conversation for a discussion on quality practice with young children and technologies; and Family Day Care Australia has launched a national regional TV campaign. Around the country, it's Children's Week from 19–28 October; the Australian Student Wellbeing Framework has been launched; Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders will help to develop new legislation that officially recognises traditional Torres Strait Islander child-rearing practices; and under a new state government initiative, Victorian kindergarten children will start learning Aboriginal languages. Survey opportunities and new resources include: understanding the collection and use of data; having your say on the future direction of Voice, ECA's national quarterly newsletter; and a report presenting the findings of a consultation that listened to children's views about change. 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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Children's Week
It's Children's Week—a national celebration of children's rights, talents and citizenship! Held from 19–28 October, Children's Week is an annual celebration offering a diverse range of events and activities at national, state and local levels. Children's Week celebrates the right of children to enjoy childhood. To find out more, or to see how you can still get involved, visit the website here.


National apology
Prime Minister Scott Morrison formally acknowledged and apologised for the sexual abuse endured by thousands of children while in the care of Australian institutions. The apology was welcomed by ECA and other organisations. ECA strongly believes in recognising children's right to be safe and free from harm, and is committed to building a culture of protection. Read more here.


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.


Bridging the gap
Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders will help develop new legislation that officially recognises traditional Torres Strait Islander child-rearing practices. An investment of $1 million over three years will support the community to shape new laws with the help of legal and cultural experts. This is a step towards bridging the gap between Torres Strait Islander culture and Queensland law.


In the news
Listen to Kinderling Conversation to hear Professor Susan Edwards and early childhood kindergarten director, Ruth Weinstein, discuss quality practice with technologies and young children; and Family Day Care Australia has launched a national regional TV campaign to promote family day care as a career option for educators and a child care option for families.  


Your Voice
ECA's national quarterly newsletter, Voice, aims to provide updates to members on advocacy work, and information on topical events and issues circulating in the early childhood sector and the media. To make sure that you continue to enjoy reading Voice, we invite you to have your say on what we're doing right and where we can improve. Access the survey here.


What children say about change
A new resource, Kids have big thoughts too—Life transitions: What children say about change, presents the findings of a consultation that listened to children's views about change, the life changes they see as significant, and the things that help them most when life is changing. Read the full report here.


Dealing with bullying
The Australian Student Wellbeing Framework has been launched, which will provide schools and teachers with the best tools and practical ways to help kids deal with bullying and cyber-bullying. The framework was developed with the states and territories, and will complement a comprehensive anti-bullying program.


Learning Aboriginal languages
Under a new $17.9 million state government initiative, kindergarten children will learn Aboriginal languages, with 29 Victorian centres receiving funding to teach Aboriginal language dialects. Click here to read more.


End childhood poverty


The ACOSS Poverty in Australia 2018 report was launched during Anti-Poverty Week and found that one in six children in Australia live below the poverty line (739 000 children under the age of 15, or 17.3 per cent). In her speech to the National Press Club, ACOSS CEO Cassandra Goldie stressed that for children living in poverty, access to at least two days of early learning is vital. Click here to see the findings of the Uniting Care Social Exclusion Index, also released last week. This index measures disadvantage of children in regards to education, housing, health and connectedness, as well as household income. For a blog on 10 anti-poverty ideas that educators can try, including picture books to read with children, click here.

AJEC 1803 special edition available now

In state and territory news ...

South Australian (SA) public educators have been recognised for their outstanding work at the annual SA Public Education Awards; Northern Territory teachers will be better equipped to support students in dealing with bullying and helping them to build respectful relationships, thanks to a dedicated new social and emotional learning curriculum; a team of Western Australian (WA) child health researchers are to pilot a world-first group intervention for young children showing early risk signs for autism; in New South Wales, new figures released from the Office of the Children's Guardian highlight the significant progress being made to make organisations safer for more than 1.6 million children and young people; in Victoria, the gazettal of additional groups has been announced to expand the list of professionals who will be mandated to report information about child abuse or harm; the Tasmanian Government's Discussion paper: A future program for family based care, has been released; and don't miss out on the Kambarang Cultural Walk opportunity being offered by ECA WA—book online now

Early Childhood Australia Learning Hub

Professional learning
Access five specially curated professional learning packages linked to key topics, including: Curriculum learning areas; STEM; Exploring pedagogical practices to promote learning; Service leadership; and Supporting language and culture in early childhood. Find out more here.

Early Learning campaign

The right of children
For Children's Week we are celebrating the right of children to be heard and listened to—learn about how educators and parents can find support to action this in the way they interact with children. Join our campaign to increase understanding of the importance of supporting children in the early years. 

KidsMatter Early Childhood

Children's Week
This year's National Children's Week is celebrated from 19–28 October. You can celebrate Children's Week by exploring a wide range of KidsMatter Early Childhood evidence-based resources, including information sheets and posters, which can assist you in growing healthy minds.

The ECA Blog - The Spoke

New blogs
'The UNCRC's protection and promotion of children's right to play has influenced current policies and practices in early intervention and inclusion for children with disabilities and developmental delay.' Read more of Children’s right to play, by Anne Kennedy. Other new blogs include: Quality and commitment in outside school hours care, and Children living in poverty today in Australia.

Early Childhood Australia

ECA has four core publications available as subscription packages for those working, studying or interested in the early childhood sector. Subscribe to Every Child magazine by 31 October to ensure you receive your free print copy of ECA's summary of practice advice for early childhood educators, drawn from the Statement on young children and digital technologies.

AJEC Symposium 2019

Registrations now open!
Registrations are now open for the 2019 AJEC Research Symposium. Click here to register today! The symposium will be held in Melbourne from 14–15 February 2019, and invites early childhood practitioners, academics, policy-makers and students to exchange ideas, innovative research methodologies and findings. Click here to learn more.

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 295, October 2018.
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