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The latest in early childhood news

In this issue ... a national coalition of Australia’s peak early language and literacy bodies call on the federal government to adopt a national early language and literacy strategy; Minister for Education and Youth Alan Tudge and Shadow Minister Amanda Rishworth both address ECA’s National Conference; and the Preschool Outcomes Measure Expert Advisory Group is established. SNAICC calls on all levels of government to reduce the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care; and UNICEF shares insights on the impact of the pandemic on children’s development.

​​​​Find the latest in state and territory news and jump down to read what ECA teams have been doing.
Language and literacy
Last Wednesday (8 September), a national coalition of Australia’s peak early language and literacy bodies (including Early Childhood Australia) called on the federal government to adopt a national early language and literacy strategy for children aged 0–5yrs. Read the media release here
ECA Conference address
Education Minister Alan Tudge and Shadow Minster for Early Childhood Education Amanda Rishworth addressed participants of the ECA National Conference (6–9 September). Minister Tudge used the opportunity to address COVID supports for the sector and budget measures, whilst Amanda Rishworth used her virtual address to speak about quality in early education
Preschools advisory group
Last Thursday (9 September), Education Minister Alan Tudge met with the Preschool Outcomes Measure Expert Advisory Group. The group has been established to ‘develop options to measure the impact of preschool for Australian children’. Learn more here
Child Protection Week  
For National Child Protection Week (5–11 September) SNAICC called on governments and organisations ‘to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled services and communities as key to reduce the number of children in out-of-home care’. Read the media release here.
COVID-19 and children 
What is the impact of COVID-19 on the development of young children? Read UNICEF’s report on the early childhood education and care response to the pandemic in East Asia and the Pacific here
In state and territory news...

In NSW, a new child protection taskforce in the state will work to prevent vulnerable children from slipping through the cracks. Meanwhile, the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance shares insights about COVID-19 in schools and early childhood education and care services. 
In Tasmania, hundreds of Aboriginal children and their families will benefit from a new partnership between the federal and state government to establish two new Connected Beginnings sites to help children thrive and get ready for school. 

In Victoria, teachers, principals, school administrators and policy makers have been recognised for their long-serving dedication to the education sector. 

In the ACT, priority COVID-19 vaccinations have been made available for education staff.
New Everyday Learning
This new title from the Everyday Learning Series, Being and becoming safe on our roads by Catharine Hydon, discusses the importance of road-safety education for young children. 
Empowerment resource 
Be You have developed Planning for Empowerment: Growing a mentally healthy generation to guide planning for empowering children and young people in your learning community. Read more about the resource here.
New on The Spoke 
Amy Rothe writes a follow-up article on music in early childhood, which explores how to include music in an educational program and its benefits for children and educators. 
ECA Shop: 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.
See you in Canberra in 2022!
We are excited to announce that the 2022 ECA National Conference will be held in Canberra from 5–8 October. The theme is ‘Passion to Power: Our future profession’. You can stay up to date by subscribing to the events newsletter here.
Outdoor learning
Explore outdoor learning environments, bush kinder and risky play, and how educators can plan and use outdoor spaces with children, with this ECA Learning Hub module
ECA WebWatch—Issue 364,
September 2021.
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