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The latest in early childhood news

In this issue…the Business Council of Australia calls for the upcoming budget to ‘fix the broken child care subsidy system; the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute explores how domestic abuse affects children’s health; and the Fair Work Commission approves pay rises for early childhood teachers. Canada takes a leap forward to slash the upfront cost of early education and care; the Gonski Institute releases a report on children's digital habits; a nature poetry competition invites children and communities to help grow a forest with their wordsand a new playgroup program helps children in south-west Sydney develop foundational literacy skills.

Find the latest in state and territory news and jump down to read what ECA teams have been doing.
Investment in early education
The Business Council of Australia has joined a chorus of voices calling for greater investment in early education and care in the upcoming Federal Budget on May 11. The lobby group has asked the government to increase the Child Care Subsidy from 86% to 96% for lower-income households. 
Intimate-partner violence
One in three children (and their mothers) experiences intimate-partner violence or domestic abuse by the age of 10, according to a recent study by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. Read more about how intimate-partner violence affects children’s health in The Conversation.
Pay rise for ECT's    
Last Monday (19 April), the Fair Work Commission handed down a decision supporting pay rises of up to 10% for teachers in early childhood education and care services. In this Women’s Agenda article, Madeline Hislop explores what this decision means for the sector.
$10 a day   
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has set a goal of early education costing families an average of $10 a day within the next five years. Here in Australia,  
Thrive by Five has urged the Federal Government to follow suit by placing early learning at the heart of its next budget.
Growing up digital   
A new research report by the Gonski Institute for Education on children’s digital device use has revealed three-quarters of Australian parents find it difficult to control their child’s digital habits. Learn more about the report and its findings here.
Poem Forest   
The Poem Forest nature poetry prizes encourage children and young people to use their words to fight climate change. Every poem received will be published and a native tree will be planted on the author’s behalf in The Australian Botanic Garden Mt Annan, to help heal the land and inspire future generations. Submissions close Friday 17 September 2021.
Liverpool playgroups
Almost a quarter of children living in the City of Liverpool, in south-west Sydney, are not ready to learn when they start school due to low literacy, according to the Australian Early Development Census. This ABC News article explores how the PaintLiverpoolREaD playgroup program helps children develop early literacy skills, while embracing all languages and focusing on multilingualism.
In state and territory news...

The Victorian Government has released the Shepparton Education Plan – Stage Two – Early Years. This new plan focuses on the educational journey of children from birth to school, and proposes 17 actions to ensure local children have greater access to integrated, effective and inclusive early childhood education and care services.

Nature Play WA has called on Western Australians who are passionate about the value of play in the lives of children to endorse the recently released WA Play Charter. Launched in late March, the Charter was developed by the Play Matters Collective, which includes ECA, with the support of WA Commissioner for Children and Young People Colin Pettit.
Reconciliation Connect
Reconciliation Connect will give early childhood professionals an online opportunity to participate in sessions promoting dialogue, understanding and engagement and move forward with their reconciliation journey. Register here.
Digital Documentation
The ECA Learning Hub's newest suite of modules, Engaging with Digital Documentation and Technologies, is now available. This three-part series will take you on a journey to consider how best to implement documentation through a digital medium.
New on The Spoke 
Inclusion is all about relationshipsthis article explores important elements of creating partnerships with families of children with disabilities. Also, we have a piece from Victorian Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt, who calls on the Commonwealth government to give the sector certainty around funding beyond 2021.
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Ethical dilemma's webinar
Be You’s latest In Focus webinar, on Wednesday 5 May, will explore ethical dilemmas and decisions to support wellbeing in your learning community. Book your spot, it’s free.
ECA Shop: Finding Our Heart
Thomas Mayor’s books share the importance of the Uluru Statement from the Heart to children and adults alike. Purchase them on the ECA Shop
ECA WebWatch—Issue 354, April 2021.

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