The latest in early childhood news...


Making news this fortnight ...  Watch the recording of the Federal Election 2022 Candidates Forum, and then join Early Learning Matters this election campaign; read the findings from a review of Australian Government funding of parenting intervention research; a new study reveals what Australian families think about the cost of early childhood education and care; and check out some of the upcoming calendar days for events to get involved in. You can also register to take part in early childhood webinars run by Children and Young People with Disability Australia.


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


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Federal Election Candidates Forum


Questions about workforce support and remuneration dominated the debate at the live-streamed Federal Election Candidates Forum co-hosted by ECA this week. Catch up on the conversation with the Hon Stuart Roberts MP, the Hon Amanda Rishworth MP, Senator Mehreen Faruqi and NSW Senate candidate Jane Caro AM, and watch the video here.

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Why Early Learning Matters this election


This election we are calling on political leaders to support high quality early learning access, affordability, inclusion and stability and show that Early Learning Matters. Go to our website for resources to share and contact your local candidate to urge them to prioritise strong and universal early childhood education and care.

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Lack of funding for parenting intervention


Findings from a review of Australian Government funding of parenting intervention research by members of the Parenting and Families Research Alliance has shown there is a ‘mismatch between the funding of parenting intervention research and the impact of improved parenting on short-and long-term child outcomes.’

The cost of early childhood education and care 


The results of a new study from Vote Compass indicate that ‘more than half of Australians think the federal government should pay a greater share of childcare costs, according to new data...’ See this ABC article for further detail.

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Upcoming calendar days


The month of May is Family and Domestic Violence Prevention Month. It’s also Family Day Care Week (2–8 May), National Families Week (15–21 May) and National Reconciliation Week (27 May–3 June). Find out more on respective websites about how you can get involved in events and help raise awareness.

Inclusion in EC webinars 


From May to October 2022 Children and Young People with Disability Australia will run a series of webinars focused on inclusion in early childhood. These webinars are aimed at families, caregivers and communities to help build confidence to advocate for young children in everyday activities. Find out more.

In state and territory news...



The NSW Department of Education is hosting an online session to update early childhood teachers and service management on NSW teacher accreditation requirements. It will examine the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, guiding teachers to develop and maintain practice within their own teaching context. Register here.



Nominations are now open for the Victorian Early Years Awards. The awards celebrate leadership, outstanding achievement, exceptional dedication and innovation in improving outcomes for children aged birth to eight years and their families. 


The Liberal and Nationals Government has committed $845,000 towards building an early childhood education and care service in Murtoa for the first time. The service will provide 30 places for the combined communities of Minyip, Murtoa and Rupanyup to improve early education for children.



The Western Australian Government will invest an additional $114 million into the child protection system and supporting services to protect vulnerable children and their families.



The annual Under Eights Week event delivered by the ECA Queensland committee will launch on Monday 16 May with an event at QUT Kelvin Grove Campus. The theme for the 2022 event is ‘Play in a Changing World’. Sign up for the newsletter to get the latest news.


The Palaszczuk Government is expanding its State Delivered Kindergarten program to 14 new rural and remote communities across the state.


The Queensland Children’s Activities Network (QCAN) are calling on all OSHC educational leaders to share your successes, struggles and strategies when leading the educational program within your service. The survey takes three minutes and can be completed here.



Early Childhood Australia has partnered with Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Education to deliver a series of workshops aimed at educators and teachers working in the NT. If you are looking for free quality professional learning regarding how to engage in reconciliation in your community and make connections for change, then these workshops are for you. Register here.

This series of engaging sessions will empower you to create environments that interest and challenge young children, supporting them to truly thrive and develop. Increase your knowledge and understanding of environments and become inspired to reimagine your daily practice. See, hear and feel the difference that KU Learning and Development can make to your career. Register now.

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Providing early support


If a child requires support because of a mental health issue, you need to understand your role and the role of others. Here are some areas educators can consider when providing early support.

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New on The Spoke


In this article, Lennie Barblett, Sandra Cheeseman and Catharine Hydon emphasise children’s right to learn through play, no matter the age. Read more. Also, read how quality STEM education can be integrated into family day care through children’s everyday activities.

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2022 ECA National Conference


Join us in Canberra for the 2022 ECA National Conference! This year’s conference will explore the future of our profession and how we can position ourselves as thought-leaders. Book now.

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TQI accreditation


Did you know that if you’re in the ACT, the Learning Hub’s professional learning packages are TQI accredited? Learn more.

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ECA Shop: The Great Gratitude Surprise


Rod Soper’s children’s book tells the story of Sammy and her family’s wonderful gratitude journey. Purchase it on the ECA Shop.

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Ethics in Action


This practical guide to implementing the ECA Code of Ethics will support services to bring ethics into action.

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