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The latest in early childhood news

In this issue ... the federal government provides additional support for NSW early childhood education and care services and families in lockdown; 716 applications have been successful in Round 3 of the Community Child Care Fund grants; and UNICEF’s latest report compares parental leave and childcare policies across 41 high-income countries. Next week is Early Learning Matters Week; watch SNAICC’s promotional video for Aboriginal Children’s Day and participate in a virtual incursion.  

Find the latest in state and territory news and jump down to read what ECA teams have been doing.
Gap-fee waiver
Last Thursday (15 July), the Australian Government announced early education services in NSW lockdown areas could waive gap-fees for families choosing to keep their children at home. ECA believes this is a good first step but there is more to be done to support the sector. Listen to ECA CEO Sam Page on ABC NewsRadio here
Last Friday (16 July), the Australian Government announced 716 applications were successful under Round 3 of the Community Child Care Fund (CCCF) grants. The CCCF grant gives eligible early education and care services funding to help them stay open and increase access for children from disadvantaged or vulnerable families. 
Early education affordability  
A new report by the UNICEF Office of Research — Innocenti has ranked Australia 37 out of 41 high-income countries on early education and care affordability. Read the report, Where do rich countries stand on childcare, here
Early Learning Matters Week
There is just under a week to go before Early Learning Matters Week kicks off for 2021. From 26-30 July, get involved by sharing examples of high-quality early learning on social media, using the hashtag #EarlyLearningMatters. 
Children's Day video 
SNAICC is calling on the sector to help celebrate National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day on 4 August. Click here to watch the recently released video showcasing the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, and visit the Children's Day website to get involved. 
Free virtual incursion 
Little Scientists are running a 'Under the Sea' themed incursion for educators and children 3-8yrs next Thursday (29 July). Explore more and book your spot here
Water education program 
Bathurst Regional Council has created an Early Learning Water Education Program to help educators teach children 3–5yrs old about water conversation and use. Explore the online modules, resources and activities here.
One Music
One Music
ECA Code of Ethics
Find free and paid resources on the ECA Code of Ethics—a set of statements about appropriate and expected behaviour of early childhood professionals.
Recordings now available
The Be You Leadership Forums were especially designed for early childhood and school age care leaders. Watch Leading the way for resilience and Empowering environments and authentic leadership here.
New on The Spoke
Referring to the sector as an ‘industry’ is something we hear too often. In this thought-provoking article, Tanya Burr reminds us: ‘Learning is not a product. Children are not products, and we do a major disservice to the rights of children and the work of our educators if we view them this way.’
The ECA Learning Hub will move to a new Learning Management System (LMS) from September 2021. In preparation, the team have been busy upgrading many of the courses. Subscribe to our Professional Learning Bulletin to stay up-to-date with what’s new. 
Taking care of you 
This book, written by Anne Vize, encourages teachers and educators to collaborate and plan to reduce the likelihood of stress and burnout occurring, and to take positive, meaningful action when the signs arise. 
Early bird rate ending!
The early bird registration rate ends this Friday for the ECA National Conference! We offer fully flexible tickets which give the option to swap your registration, if you wish to change to either an in-person or virtual ticket. Book now!
ECA WebWatch—Issue 360,
July 2021.
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