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The latest early childhood news!

In this final issue of ECA WebWatch for 2018, ECA Events launch their new event, 2019 Ethics in Action Workshop, Engaging with the ECA Code of Ethics—registrations are open now; and the AJEC Research Symposium program overview is available—register today! The Family Matters Report 2018 has now been released; a National Allergy Strategy for Australia has been developed; early childhood education and care qualifications, Draft 2 Validation, is now live for public consultation; and reserve your seat today for the CCSA Rural and Remote Forum 2019. In other news, the Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) program has been expanded into 2019; a new series, We've Got This: Parenting with a Disability, is available on Radio National Life Matters; and a new resource supporting the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle will be available soon. Just in time for the upcoming summer holidays, watch a short video exploring how boredom can help children's play and development; and keep an eye out for the vital signs that a child or adult is drowning within reach. 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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Family Matters Report
The Family Matters Report 2018 has now been released. The key message was that the numbers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care will increase if urgent action isn't taken. More support services are needed, as well as making sure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples can participate in decisions affecting their children. Read the full report here.


ELLA expansion
More children will get the opportunity to learn a second language thanks to the expansion of the Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) program next year. ELLA is a digital, play-based program that includes a series of interactive apps, aimed at making language learning engaging and interesting to children. The application process for expressions of interest is now open.


Child Placement Principle
SNAICC—National Voice for our Children has published a new resource to support a holistic understanding, and the full and uniform implementation of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle (ATSICPP) across the country. This new resource will be available soon. Keep an eye on the SNAICC website for updates.


Allergy management
The Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) and Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA) have partnered to develop a National Allergy Strategy. This strategy aims to improve the health and quality of life for those living with allergic diseases, and to reduce the burden on those who care for them. Find out more here.


Ethics in Action
Registrations are now open for ECA's new event, Ethics in Action Workshop, Engaging with the ECA Code of Ethics. This series of five half-day workshops will be held across regional NSW and will be facilitated by Catharine Hydon. The workshops are suitable for anyone working with young children (birth to eight years) and their families. Find out more here, including 2019 dates and locations. 


CCSA Forum 2019
The CCSA Rural and Remote Forum 2019 will be held in Dubbo, NSW, from 28 February to 1 March 2019. This forum will provide an opportunity for early childhood education and care services operating in rural and remote areas to have a voice. Reserve your seat today so you don't miss your chance to speak with sector experts and be a voice for your community. Click here for more information.


We've Got This
We've Got This: Parenting with a Disability is a new series on Radio National Life Matters, produced by Eliza Hull—a parent with a disability. We've Got This explores the complexities that parenting with a disability brings, while also challenging the stigmas and stereotypes.


The benefits of boredom
A short video from Raising Children Network looks at how boredom can help children's play and development—when children have to find something to do, they're forced to use their problem-solving skills, creative thinking and imagination.


Not waving, drowning
The first week of summer provides a timely reminder about water safety and adult supervision. This blog on ECA's The Spoke, explains why people nearby often miss vital signs that a child or adult is drowning within reach. Do you know what signs to look out for? 


Early childhood qualifications—Draft 2 Validation


SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Children's Education and Care Industry Reference Committee and a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), is undertaking a detailed review of six qualifications (CHC30113; CHC50113; CHC40113; CHC50213; CHC30213; CHC40213) and the associated 65 Units of Competency in the Children's Education and Care Sector. This review continues on from previous work in response to the 2015 Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) strategic review, 'Training for early childhood education and care in Australia'. Draft 2 material is now live for public consultation and can be accessed by clicking here.

Research in Practice Series 1803 available now

In state and territory news ...

Western Australia primary schools are set to focus on play-based learning in a bid to engage young students; in New South Wales, a new innovative early childhood program is to be launched in order to tackle child drownings; South Australians are enthusiastically embracing the government's free Meningococcal B Immunisation Program; in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), a publication has been launched that tells real stories of families who have had contact with the ACT's child protection system under A Step Up for Our Kids; a school-based program in Tasmania is promoting healthy smiles by teaching children about the importance of oral health; and Queensland's Remote Kindergarten Program will be expanded into 30 more Queensland state schools over the next two years.

Early Childhood Australia Learning Hub

Safe sleep
Have you been reflecting on your service's sleep practices? A new comprehensive and highly practical online professional learning package examines the importance of sleep to the overall health, wellbeing, learning and development of infants and children in line with the introduction of safe sleep and rest practices (ACECQA, 2017). Find out more.

Early Learning campaign

Family Blog
If you are looking for inspiring and practical information for parents to support their children's development, visit the Early Learning: Everyone Benefits Family Blog page for great articles on: managing behaviour; shared reading; risky play; and many more. Join our campaign to increase understanding of how best to support children's development in the early years.

Be You Early Childhood

Be You webinar this week
A Be You Early Learning webinar, Diversity matters for mental health, is on this week. This free, one-hour learning opportunity is all about embracing, embedding and including diversity in practice. The webinar will be held on Friday 7 December 2018, from 2.30 pm–3.30 pm (AEDT). Book here and we'll see you online!

Early Childhood Australia Reconciliation Symposium

Register now!
Register now for the ECA Reconciliation Symposium 2019, to be hosted at Moonee Valley Racing Club in Melbourne from 10–11 May 2019. The symposium format will be highly interactive and will include facilitated table discussions. The symposium brings the matter of reconciliation in early childhood into the spotlight, and works towards a better future for all Australians.

ECA National Conference 2019

Apply today
The call for papers to present at the 2019 ECA National Conference is now open! If you or one of your colleagues would like to present, you will need to identify which of the five areas of inquiry your presentation most directly contributes to. Presentations can be either a standalone oral presentation or a traditional poster presentation. Click here to apply!

AJEC Symposium 2019

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

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 298, December 2018.
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