The latest in early childhood news...


Making news this fortnight… Labor's commitment to affordable early learning welcomed; new ministers announced; new Victorian child wellbeing and safety reforms introduced; latest volume of Quality Early Learning from the World Bank released; a tax time toolkit for educators; and top digital games focused on child development.


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


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Labor's commitment to affordable early learning welcomed 


Early Childhood Australia (ECA) congratulates the Australian Labor Party and welcomes its plans to improve the affordability of early childhood education and care as a positive step. Read our media release here

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New ministers announced


This week the Prime Minister announced his new ministry. The Hon Dr Anne Aly is the Minister for Early Childhood Education and Minister for Youth and the Hon Jason Clare is the Minister for Education. See the full Albanese ministry list here.

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New child wellbeing and safety reforms


Did you know that Victorian early childhood education and care (ECEC) services are now authorised to request and share information to promote the wellbeing and safety of children? Find out more here.

Investing in quality early childhood education


The World Bank has released a new volume of the Quality Early Learning: Nurturing Children’s Potential publication, which reviews the science of early learning and offers advice to deliver quality early childhood education at scale in low- and middle-income countries.

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Tax time for education professionals


The Australian Taxation Office has released a new generic toolkit for educators and teachers with practical and tailored information to make tax filing easier. Read the document carefully to see if it meets your individual requirements.  

Digital games for children’s development


Studies have shown that playing digital games is associated with a wide range of benefits for children, including the very young. Here are five digital games that support different types of play and focus on different positive outcomes for children.

In state and territory news...



Are you ready to take the next step in your career? Know someone interested in joining our early childhood education profession? Register now for the Early Learning Connection information session on Wednesday 8 June at 6.30pm. More information here



Over 18,000 teachers and support staff from 540 Catholic schools in NSW and the ACT went on a full-day strike over pay and conditions on 27 May 2022. Read more.


A new study finds that dedicating up to 20 minutes per school day for silent reading can improve students’ literacy and their motivation for reading and learning. Read more.



Nominations are now open for the 2022 Northern Territory Education and Care Awards. More information and key dates here.



The Australian Childcare Alliance (ACA) Queensland is holding its 2022 National Conference 3—5 June 2022. Register here


Registrations for the Queensland Premier’s Reading Challenge are now open. The challenge encourages students to develop a love of reading for life, with a focus on children from Prep to Year 9. More information here



The Tasmanian Premier has announced funding to ensure children and young people are safe and have the support they need for the future in the 2022—23 State Budget. Read the overview.

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New on The Spoke


To celebrate National Reconciliation Week (NRW) and the NRW '22 theme of ‘Be brave. Make change’,  ECA caught up with Ngarrindjeri woman, artist and early childhood professional, Emma Stenhouse, who shared her journey, experiences and wisdom. Read Emma's story in our latest blog post.

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Be You Virtual Conference – 8 and 9 June


Registrations are open for the Be You Virtual Conference. Hear experts over the two-day event discuss how empowerment and resilience support learning communities to adapt, grow and thrive. Book your free spot now.

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Virtual keynote speaker 


The Hon Julia Gillard AC, 27th Prime Minister of Australia and the first woman to serve as Australia’s Prime Minister or Deputy Prime Minister, is now confirmed as a keynote speaker and will deliver a virtual address at the ECA National Conference in October. Register here.

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ECA Shop: EOFY sale


Celebrate End of Financial Year (EOFY) with 10% off a range of children’s books and resources, all quality-assured, available on the ECA Shop. Buy now.

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Stepping back and stepping in: Promoting children’s agency


The newest Research in Practice title presents an understanding of children’s agency that includes recognising the essential influence of educator practice, out now.

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Exploring nature 


ECA proudly partners with Dr Claire Warden for this series of modules on nature pedagogy and learning with nature, including mud kitchens, light and shadow, leaves and wind. Explore here.

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