The latest in early childhood news...


Making news this fortnight... A First Nations women and girls project receives federal funding; research shows the ‘chasm’ between early childhood education and primary school; and the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has provisionally approved vaccinations for five- to eleven-year-olds. The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) shares results on the impact of children being unable to play community sport due to the pandemic; the National Excellence in School Leadership Institute invites participation in the ‘Women’s Middle Leadership Program’; and lastly, Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia (PANDA) receives additional federal funding for their helpline.


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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First Nations project grant


The Australian Royal Commission landmark Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women's Voices) is a project that sets out to capture and respond to the rights, needs and aspirations of First Nations women and girls, and has been granted $2.8 million in federal funding. Read more.

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Data-driven assessment


Children go from playing to being tested in the blink of an eye.’ Early Childhood Lecturer at the University of Melbourne, Martina Tassone, examines the ‘chasm’ between early childhood education and primary school.

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Vaccination for children


The TGA has provisionally approved the Comirnaty (Pfizer) vaccine as safe and effective for use among five- to eleven-year-olds. The Australian Government plans to start rolling out the vaccine from 10 January 2022. Read the media release.

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Impact on community sport


A recent report from the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) National Child Health Poll shares results on the impact of children being unable to play community sport since the pandemic. Read the research and watch the video.

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Leadership program opportunity


The National Excellence in School Leadership Institute is running the 'Women's Middle Leadership Program' from February 2022. This program brings leaders together to share their experiences and learn new strategies. For ACT readers, check state and territory news further down. 


New funding for PANDA


Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia (PANDA) will receive an additional $7.8 million over the next four years from the federal government to expand the National Perinatal Mental Health Helpline. Read more.

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SNAICC early childhood strategy


The federal government, in partnership with SNAICC - the National Voice for our Children, has released the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Early Childhood Strategy. The Strategy delivers a long-term framework to strengthen and improve early childhood outcomes. 


Be You wins national award


Today, (8 December) Be You’s Bushfire Response Program won the 2021 Resilient Australia Mental Health and Wellbeing Award. Read more about the inspiring work Be You undertook with services across Australia.

In state and territory news...




Today, 8 December, in an address at the National Press Club, the NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet called for the running of early childhood education and care services to be handed over to the state.


The Commonwealth Government has committed $560 million of new preschool funding with more than $280 million from the NSW Government to support the four-year funding deal.


The NSW government announced ‘close contacts of COVID cases at schools and outside school hours care services will no longer need to isolate as a result of changes in school COVID settings.’



The National Excellence in School Leadership Institute is offering $1,000 subsidies for Women Middle Leaders in the ACT. Nominations close 15 December—make an expression of interest for the subsidy by completing this form.


Teachers in the ACT have been recognised for their ‘exceptional efforts’ in managing remote learning this year. Teachers will receive a one-off credit of five hours towards professional learning in their Teacher Quality Institute (TQI) portal, which can be used for their 2021 or 2022 registration.



The Western Australian government has announced a mandatory vaccination policy for those working in early childhood education and schools (group two) by 31 January 2022.



Italian language teaching in SA public schools received funding, with the state government and Consulate of Italy in Adelaide signing an agreement giving teachers and students more support and new opportunities to explore language.



The Queensland Government announced mandatory vaccinations for those who work in education and early childhood. They will need to be fully vaccinated by 23 January 2022, ahead of the school term.



The Territory Government is offering ‘Growing our Future Aboriginal Teacher Education Scholarships’ to aspiring teachers in a bid to build and retain a strong Aboriginal educator workforce. Apply for the 2022 Northern Territory Department of Education Teaching by Friday, 10 December.



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ECA Shop: Summer sale


Celebrate summer with 10% off our quality-assured early childhood education and care resources. Stock up for the new year and shop the sale before 31 December 2021. 

Last chance—apply to present!


Applications to present at the 2022 ECA National Conference close Monday 13 December. Share your ideas, experiences and research with us and submit now!

The Spoke

New on The Spoke

This article, ‘Mythbusting professional love’, seeks to dispel five common myths relating to this rather academic concept. And Grace Ayliffe challenges us to think about how we can create a world-class education system in Australia.


AJEC—register now!


The 2022 AJEC Research Symposium (10-11 February) will explore the theme of ‘Embracing challenge: Research in early childhood’. Secure your spot.

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Be You: Webinar next week


The Be You Planning for Wellbeing: mine, yours, ours resource supports educators to reflect on their stressors, consider their strengths and provides information on how to support wellbeing. 


New Every Child magazine


This issue of Every Child magazine delves into the themes of wonder, nature, peace, inclusive practice and reconciliation. Explore children’s wonder in nature, investigate a rights-based program and learn how to bring the concept of peace into programming. Purchase here.

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New Learning Management System


All Learning Hub subscribers will be transitioning over to the new Learning Management System (LMS) throughout December. Access over 90 quality-assured courses, now even from your mobile phone.

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