The latest in early childhood news...

Making news this fortnight...the Starting Better report is released; ABC News explores the toll mandatory vaccines is taking on the early learning sector; and the Child Care Subsidy cap will be removed for all families from 10 December. The Parenthood launches the #ParentsUp campaign and the Australian Institute of Family Studies is calling on all Australians to complete its annual survey.


Scroll down to read more, to find the latest in state and territory news and to read what ECA teams have been doing.


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Starting better report


On Monday (22 November), the Centre for Policy Development released Starting Better: A guarantee for young children and families. The report presents ‘a comprehensive body of evidence to help Australia give children and families what they need to thrive in their early years.’ Learn more here.

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Mandatory ECEC vaccination 


‘It’s put us in essentially a crisis situation.’ In this article, ABC News explores mandatory vaccinations for early childhood education and care (ECEC) services around Australia and new calls for more government support for the sector. Want to know more? Click here to read.

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Annual cap removed


From 10 December, the Department of Education, Skills and Employment is removing the annual cap for all families who get the Child Care Subsidy (CCS). Services Australia is working with early childhood education and care providers to remove the cap. Learn more about it here

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#ParentsUp campaign


Ahead of the federal election, the #ParentsUp campaign, led by The Parenthood, is calling on every federal political representative to make election commitments for one year of paid parental leave and universal access to early childhood education and care and outside school hours care. Learn more here.

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Families in Australia


The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) is inviting all Australians to share their experience in the fourth Families in Australia Survey. AIFS wants to hear about family relationships, connections, support given and received, and how COVID-19 has affected families in 2021. Complete it here.


Promoting healthy eating 


Promoting Healthy Eating in Long Day care is a new online module designed for early childhood professionals to teach children the importance of healthy food and drink intake. The resource, that launched last week, was created by HORT, HEAS, Nutrition Australia, CSIRO and Flinders University. 

In state and territory news...


In Victoria, 71 government schools teachers and regional support employees have been successful in their application to undertake further studies in the Master of Inclusive Education initiative

In South Australia, children of domestic violence survivors are now receiving dedicated, specialist support 


In New South Wales, a new program will help services provide access to quality early education for Aboriginal children in their communities. 
In Western Australia, a new Commissioner for Children and Young People has been appointed.


Learning Hub

New Learning Management System


Keep an eye out for the new ECA Learning Hub Learning Management System (LMS) launching this week! With refreshed content and a modern, new look, the courses will be easier to find and use and are even accessible via your mobile phone!

The Spoke

New on The Spoke

Why does terminology matter? This piece shares why terminology in ECEC is so important. And, read this post, written with the help of the team at PANDA, to learn out about Perinatal Mental Health Week and find resources to use when supporting families in your service.

Apply to present!


This is your chance to submit an application to present at the 2022 ECA National Conference. Next year's theme will explore 'Passion to power: Our future profession.' Find out more and submit here

Be you and Beyond Blue

Be You: Webinar next week


Understanding transitions in the context of disaster recovery and resilience will outline the importance of supporting transitions for children, young people, families and educators. Secure your spot

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ECA Shop: First Year at School 


With the end of the year approaching, First Year at School is the essential guidebook you’ll need to navigate the important transition from preschool to ‘big school’. Purchase your copy here. 


Keynote speakers announced!


Secure your spot at the 2022 AJEC Research Symposium! This online event will bring together students, academics, researchers and practitioners at all levels from around the world to participate and share cutting-edge knowledge.

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