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The latest in early childhood news

In this issue... New research on access to early education and care released by The Front Project; the Know Your Country campaign calls on governments to fund a First Nations educator in all Australian primary schools; and the Australian Government changes the system for Provider Eligible Enrolments. Complete two short surveys: one on the Early Years Learning Framework review and a second on the Australian Curriculum Review; and listen to a new children’s audiobook series that is part of the campaign to end violence against women and their children. 

Find the latest in state and territory news and jump down to read what ECA teams have been doing.
Work and play report 
New research from The Front Project reveals the majority of Australian families believe that the early education and care system needs to allow more children to access quality early learning and better support parents and carers to engage in work and study. Read the Work and Play report here
Know your country 
A new campaign, Know Your Country, is calling on all levels of government to fund a 'First Nations Cultural Educator' in every Australian primary school. The campaign aims to support schools by embedding First Nations language and culture into the curriculum. Learn more here.
Education department announcements
The Australian Government is making changes to Provider Eligible Enrolments. From July 1 2021, Provider Eligible Additional Child Care Subsidy (child wellbeing) enrolment will be identified as a Provider Eligible Arrangement (PEA) in the Child Care Subsidy system. Meanwhile, the government will remove more than 500 early learning providers from the Child Care Finder website for failing to report their fees publicly.
Have your say 
Macquarie University, the Queensland University of Technology and Edith Cowan University are seeking feedback from educators, families and communities to assist with the update of the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and the My Time, Our Place (MTOP) framework for school age care. Complete the survey here.

Australian Curriculum Review 
Educators, teachers and sector leaders are being encouraged to provide feedback on proposed changes to the cross-curriculum priorities in the Australian Curriculum: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures; Asia and Australia's Engagement with Asia and Sustainability. Complete the short survey by Thursday 8 July​​​​​​

Stop it at the Start 
Minister for Women's Safety Anne Ruston has launched a five-part children's audiobook, Project ARI, which aims to encourage respectful attitudes in the early years. The audiobook is a part of Stop it at the Start, the federal government's campaign to end violence against women and their children, and is available from all major podcast-streaming services. Learn more here
In state and territory news...

In NSW, Treasurer Dominic Perrottet and Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning Sarah Mitchell announced community and mobile preschools will be free for families until 2022.

The South Australian Budget was released on Tuesday (22 June) by Treasurer Rob Lucas, and included the establishment of a new Office for Early Years in the Department of Education and an Early Learning Strategy 2021 to 2031

In Victoria, Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt has launched two new services to help families select a local kindergarten program that suits their needs: the Find a Kinder Program website; and the Three-Year-Old Kindergarten Enquiry Line (1800 338 663). Meanwhile, 16 early education and care providers across the state will deliver the Access to Early Learning program.

And last Thursday (17 June) in the ACT, Shadow Minister for Education Jeremy Hanson released the Canberra Liberals’ alternative education strategy, Bringing Out the Best in Every Child.
Leadership program on sale 
Take advantage of the EOFY sale while developing your staff with the ECA Leadership Program, which is 15% off until 30 June 2021. This strengths-based, self-directed program suits both current and aspiring early childhood leaders. 
Be You Fact Sheets
Our Fact Sheets help you explore and gain knowledge on mental health and wellbeing topics like help-seeking, mindfulness and resilience. Share information and ideas with your learning community today. 
New on The Spoke
A consortium of several universities across Australia are providing the opportunity to share feedback on gaps and potential areas to update in the EYLF and MTOP frameworks, as part of the NQF Approved Learning Frameworks Update. And what advice would you give to health and early childhood organisations who need to communicate COVID-19 information?
Don't think about purple elephants
Sometimes Sophie worries. Until her mum comes up with an idea involving elephants. This little girl's story of finding a way to ease her worry will resonate with children and parents everywhere. Purchase on the ECA Shop here.
ECA National Conference
The EOFY is approaching, which means the early-bird rate for the ECA National Conference is also ending soon. Book your tickets here!
Free resources on eSafety
Designed for educators and containing practical advice and strategies to enhance practice in online safety, the eSafety professional learning modules are available on the ECA Learning Hub for free
ECA WebWatch—Issue 358,
June 2021.
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