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The latest in early childhood news

Making news this fortnight…Early education advocates make submissions to the review of the National Quality Frameworkpublic consultations open for the successor plan to the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children; and SNAICC launches new Keeping Our Kids Safe resourcesInternational research shows the lasting long-term effects of early learning on children’s brains; get involved in Early Learning Matters Week, 26 to 30 July; and early childhood educators are being encouraged to sign a petition to stop the stigma surrounding the profession. 

Find the latest in state and territory news and jump down to read what ECA teams have been doing. 
NQF Review submissions
The Minderoo Foundation’s Thrive by Five campaign, Goodstart Early Learning, the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) and Early Childhood Australia (ECA) have all made submissions to the National Quality Framework Review, supporting high-quality early education and care for all Australian children. Learn more about the NQF Review here.
Public consultations open
Last Tuesday (1 June), the federal Assistant Minister for Children and Families, Michelle Landry, launched an online consultation process to support the development of the first five-year implementation plan under the successor plan to the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009–2020. The online consultation will close on Monday 26 July.
Child Safety resource 
SNAICC and the National Office for Child Safety have developed resources to support organisations working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and communities to implement the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations. View the Keeping Our Kids Safe resources here​​​​
Effects of early learning
New research from the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute, University of Pennsylvania, has revealed that the effects of stimulating and emotionally supportive learning experiences during the first five years of a child’s life can still be seen in their adult brain structure four decades later. Read the research here.

Early Learning Matters Week

From 26 to 30 July 2021, educators, parents, carers and community leaders around Australia will come together to raise awareness and understanding of the importance of our sector during Early Learning Matters Week. Explore how you and your early education service can get involved here and join the Facebook page.
Early years petition
Early childhood educators are being encouraged to sign a petition to stop the stigma surrounding the profession by raising awareness that it is far more than ‘babysitting’ and calling for higher pay rates that reflect its true worth. The petition organiser hopes 'the Australian Government will finally listen to their Early Years professionals and make some much-needed change'.
In state and territory news...

On 27 May 2021, the Victorian Government announced a seven-day lockdown across the state in an attempt to stop a COVID-19 variant. 

On 2 June the lockdown was extended for another seven days for metropolitan Melbourne. During this period, early education and care services are permitted to remain open with appropriate COVID-safe measures in place. Any families who have used up their allowable absence days can claim extra days as a result of the lockdown.

The NSW Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning, Sarah Mitchell, recently launched First Steps—NSW Aboriginal Children’s Early Childhood Education Strategy 2021–2025. The five-year plan supports her department’s ‘vision that all Aboriginal children in NSW can access quality early childhood education and are supported to embrace their culture and identity for a strong start to lifelong learning’.

In Western Australia, a mobile program offering on-site ear checks to Aboriginal children is helping to reduce the rate of ear infections and hearing loss, with positive flow-on results for learning and school attendance.

Every Child Vol. 27 No. 1
The latest issue of Every Child magazine explores rights and respect from different angles and considers collegiality, educator wellbeing and notions of professionalism. Plus, read the free article ‘Reconciliation: An educator’s journey.’
Active Kids Homebush 
Since Active Kids Homebush began working with Be You, two desires have brought everyone together—first, to recognise and celebrate diversity, and second, to remove the stigma associated with talking about mental health from a young age. Read more. 
New on The Spoke
Read this piece that highlights a different view of digital documentation. And while funding for preschool was included in the Federal Budget, the conditions are hazy, says Lennie Barblett.
ECA National Conference
The ECA National Conference 2021 offers the tools to develop your skills as an educator, teacher and leader. Get your ticket before the early-bird rate ends on 30 June.
Free online modules
The ECA Learning Hub offers early childhood educators free online professional learning modules and webinars. Click here to access free courses.
It’s our biggest EOFY sale ever! Get 15% off hundreds of quality-assured resources from the ECA Shop, including ECA Professional Learning packages, until 30 June. Shop now!
ECA WebWatch—Issue 357,
June 2021.
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