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The latest in early childhood news

Making news this fortnight ... The OECD Education at a Glance report is released; ground-breaking research shows intervention therapy can reduce autism diagnosis in children; and a new partnership is formed between Life Without Barriers and SNAICC. There are growing concerns that younger children are being left out of Australia’s COVID-19 roadmap to recovery; and it’s time to get your application in for the Victorian Government’s Building Blocks program.

​​​​Find the latest in state and territory news and jump down to read what ECA teams have been doing.
 
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Education at a glance 
Education at a Glance 2021 was released on Thursday 16 September. The report, published by the OECD, recognises the impact COVID-19 has had on participation rates and delivery of early childhod education and care around the world. 
Early intervention therapy 
World-first research led by CliniKids at the Telethon Kids Institute has revealed early intervention therapy can drastically reduce autism diagnosis in infants and children. Read all about the findings of the research here
 
Community-controlled care 
​​​​A new partnership between Life Without Barriers and SNAICC aims to see a reduction of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care and back into Indigenous communities. Learn more here
 
Vaccine rollout   
Australia's COVID-19 vaccination rollout is now in its next phase with 12- to 15-year-olds eligible for the Pfizer vaccine, but parents and younger children have concerns they are being left out on the roadmap to recovery. Read the ABC News article here.
 
Building Blocks grant 
Applications for the Victorian Government’s new Building Blocks Planning Grants program close on Sunday 10 October. See if your early childhood education and care service is eligible and learn more about the different grants available here.
In state and territory news...

In NSW, Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning, the Hon. Sarah Mitchell announced that children of frontline workers and those from vulnerable backgrounds will be the focus of a new program aimed at providing better access to quality vacation care

In the Northern Territory, Chief Minister, the Hon. Michael Gunner announced the state’s plan for managing COVID-19. The announcement outlined that workers in high-risk settings need to be fully vaccinated, including early childhood staff. 

In South Australia, the state Commissioner for Children and Young People’s Student Voice Postcard initiative, now in its third year, is rolling out across South Australian schools.
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Promoting infant-toddler cognitive learning and development highlights the role educators play in providing experiences that can help infants and toddlers become curious, explore the world and develop emotional bonds. Or subscribe to the quarterly publication. 
 
Be You and family partnerships 
Are you identifying your service’s strengths and areas for improvement? Watch our Quality Area 6 video and hear other educators and experts talking about what it looks like in daily practice.
 
New on The Spoke
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is often described as the invisible disability. This piece talks about what FASD is and some of the ways it affects children and families. Catharine Hydon and Trent Moy talk about the ethics of vaccination for educators.
 
Box of Provocations for our Earth
The newest Box of Provocations, written by experts from the fields of sustainability and nature pedagogy, will help you explore and interrogate your current professional doing and thinking.
 
Transitions during COVID 
Transition to school in COVID-19 was a live event in 2020, and is now available as an ECA Learning Hub webinar for a limited time, for individual purchase or as part of your subscription. 
 
 
www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au
ECA WebWatch—Issue 365,
September 2021.
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