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The latest in early childhood news

Making news this fortnight…the federal government announces a new support package for services impacted by COVID-19 lockdowns; educators are encouraged to have their say on Stage 2 of the Approved Learning Frameworks Update; and ARACY shares its wellbeing framework for children and young people. HESTA releases a report on the state of the sector, and jump on social media to show how you’re celebrating Early Childhood Educators’ Day

​​​​Find the latest in state and territory news and scroll down to read what ECA teams have been doing.
 
HESTA
 
ECEC targeted assistance
Last Monday (23 August), the federal government announced it will provide additional targeted support to early childhood education and care services impacted by COVID-19 lockdowns. Read the government’s media release here and read ECA’s media release in response here. You can read more detail here.
Learning frameworks update 
Have your say on the Stage 2 Discussion Paper for the Approved Learning Frameworks Update before Friday 17 September. Early childhood education and care educators and approved providers, families and communities can complete the online surveys or provide a written submission here
 
The Nest  
The Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) has created a wellbeing framework for children and young people that brings together the different elements a child or young person needs in order to thrive. Read more about the NEST ​​here.​​​​​​
 
State of the sector 
According to HESTA’s latest report on sector attitudes, the top three reasons why educators leave their services are to develop new skills, to try something new and to seek more pay. Read the State of the Sector 2021: Early Childhood Education and Care Workforce Insights report here
 
Early educators' day
Educators all around Australia are being recognised for their work today for Early Childhood Educators’ Day. This annual celebration is a chance to say thank you to educators for their work with young children. Visit the Facebook page here and Instagram page here to see and share how the sector is celebrating.
In state and territory news...

In Victoria, six new kindergartens will be built on site at primary schools across the state.

​​​In NSW, Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell welcomed the new support package from the federal government for early childhood education services. 

In Tasmania, the state government’s School Lunch Pilot has been extended with 15 schools selected to participate in 2022, and a further 15 to join in 2023.

One Music
 
First Year at School
The new edition of our popular publication First Year at School is available for pre-order! Packed with inclusive case studies and new content, this is a must-have to support families in the transition to school. 
 
Be You and the NQS
Our new video series demonstrates the connections between Be You and the Quality Areas of the National Quality Standard. Click here to learn more.
 
New on The Spoke 
Cooinda Cottage has taken authentic steps to embed Indigenous perspectives into their teaching practices through food.
 
ECA Shop: Anita Heiss
Explore these powerful titles by proud Wiradjuri woman and award-winning author Anita Heiss, ahead of her keynote speech at the ECA National Conference next week. 
 
New keynote speaker!
The ECA National Conference starts on Monday. We are excited to announce Sir Kevan Collins will be a keynote speaker, talking about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children. Book now for an unmissable program!
 
Partnerships with families 
This ECA Learning Hub module helps educators build and strengthen partnerships with families on an ongoing basis, taking into account different circumstances and settings.
 
 
www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au
ECA WebWatch—Issue 363,
September 2021.
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