The latest in early childhood news...


Making news this fortnight ... The New South Wales and Victorian Premier's both announce that young children will get an extra year of early childhood education and care; the new shadow ministry announced; free digital resources to request and share information on child wellbeing and safety; an Aboriginal Language Program for preschools; upcoming webinar by SNAICC for Aboriginal community-controlled organisations (ACCOs) to share best practices; NDIS releases a summary report on early childhood assistive technology (AT); explore Early Childhood Australia’s (ECA) new and improved reconciliation resources webpage; and ACECQA releases the Decision Regulation Impact Statement (DRIS).


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


A new student wellbeing program

Welcome to wellbeing follows two aliens called Mo and Ko who help students in Kindergarten to Year 1 feel happy, strong, kind, brave, loving and well. Over 10 lessons they introduce students to a new skill and set challenges for students to try—both at school and at home.


The program aims to enhance children’s wellbeing and resilience through developing specific skills: emotional intelligence and regulation, boosting positive emotions and enhancing social skills and confidence.

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NSW and VIC ECEC announcement


On Thursday 16 June, the NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet and Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced that young children will have an extra year of early education under a new plan from both governments.

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New shadow ministry announced


Last week, the new Coalition shadow cabinet was announced. The Hon Angie Bell MP is the Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education and Youth, and the Hon Alan Tudge MP is the Shadow Minister for Education. See the full shadow ministry list here.

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Digital resources support child wellbeing and safety


Victorian early childhood education and care services can now register for free webinars and eLearning courses to find out how to request and share information to promote the wellbeing and safety of children. Find out more here.

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Aboriginal Language Program for preschools


Aboriginal words will echo through classrooms of 16 NSW public school preschools under an initiative to embed Aboriginal culture, language and identity at the earliest stages of learning as part of the Aboriginal Language and Culture initiative. Read more.

Webinar: Best practices in ACCOs


SNAICC will host a webinar on best practices shared by Aboriginal community-controlled organisations (ACCOs) on 20 June. It will focus on the successes and lessons learnt from their community support programs. Register here.

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New report on early childhood AT released


The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has released a new summary report to inform the future design of a more flexible approach to provide assistive technology (AT) for children with changing AT needs. Read more.

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Reconciliation: Beyond the week!


To celebrate National Reconciliation Week 2022, ECA partnered with SNAICC on an ‘Instagram takeover’ to highlight their vital work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families. ECA also launched a new reconciliation resources webpage for educators. While it’s a wrap on the week, we continue to acknowledge and promote our shared histories, cultures and achievements.

ACECQA releases DRIS statement


The Decision Regulation Impact Statement (DRIS) for the 2019 National Quality Framework (NQF) Review has now been published. The Statement outlines the issues, options considered by governments and recommended changes moving forward. 

In state and territory news...



Minister for Families and Community Services Rachel Stephen-Smith launched Next Steps for our Kids 2022-2030: ACT Strategy to Strengthen Families and Keep Children and Young People Safe.


Five ACT public primary schools partnered with the University of Canberra for a special study to understand the benefits of physical education throughout children’s lives. Learn more.


The new Early Learning Connection program supports women in the ACT and the Capital Region who want to start a career in early childhood education or take the next step in their career. Applications close Friday 24 June. Apply online here.



The NSW Government has announced investment of $1.4 billion over four years to make preschools more affordable and another $376.5 million towards the Brighter Beginnings initiative to support the health and development of the state’s children.


The NSW Government has committed to an investment of up to $5 billion over the next decade to improve access to high-quality, affordable early childhood education and care. Details here.


The NSW Government has announced a $281.6 million workforce package in the 2022-23 NSW Budget, including higher education scholarships, VET scholarships and employer supplements for staff retention. Read more.


The NSW Government has announced an overhaul of the paid parental leave scheme to encourage sharing of caring responsibilities. Both parents will now be entitled to at least 14 weeks’ paid parental leave, along with an additional two weeks ‘bonus leave’ for some. Details here.


The NSW Government has announced access to on-site extended early childhood education and care settings for essential health workers at Westmead, Bankstown-Lidcombe, Shellharbour and Shoalhaven hospitals. Read more.


Early childhood settings and schools can now apply for the 2022 Canon Oceania Grants Program. Each grant recipient will receive $5,000 worth of cash and Canon products, including cameras, printers, projectors and accessories. Apply here.


The NSW Government is calling for expressions of interest to join a new online register of student wellbeing programs, which will enable NSW public schools to confidently select quality-assured programs that support student wellbeing. Read the article here.



Nominations are now open for Teaching in the Territory Excellence Awards, which recognise the contribution of staff in providing quality education in Northern Territory Government schools.



South Australian families with children in primary school can now access a $100 discount off their school’s materials and services charge, as confirmed in the State Budget. More details here.


The SA Education Standards Board is seeking applications to fill a vacancy on the Board, which works to improve the education and care outcomes for children and young people. More information here.



The Tasmanian Government unveils the progress report on its Strong Families Safe Kids Next Steps Action Plan 2021-23 initiative, aimed at delivering better outcomes and improved safety and wellbeing for children, young people and families. The report outlines key achievements from the first year of the program.


The Tasmanian Government Department of Education released its seventh annual Key Data Report, which outlines the state’s information on student enrolments, attendance, funding allocations, staff and student wellbeing rates, assistance schemes, educator workforce and Libraries Tasmania.



Local government councils or eligible not-for-profit organisations can apply for a grant of up to $1,000 to contribute to the cost of hosting a Children’s Week activity. Apply now.


The Victorian Government is seeking submissions to engage a service provider to design and deliver a new online parenting program to support families and children with emerging mental health and wellbeing needs. The program will be targeted at families of children from birth to 11 years old. Details here.


The Victorian Government has announced grants under its Building Blocks: Capacity Building and Inclusion streams to provide funding for creating additional kindergarten places and upgrade early childhood buildings and facilities to provide safe and inclusive environments for children of all needs and abilities.


Turn a rewarding career into a great adventure in Victoria

Victoria needs more early childhood teachers and educators. Make the move and be rewarded with $9,000, plus relocation support. Learn more:

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New on The Spoke


Nourishing bodies and relationships: Ritualising and celebrating slow mealtimes shares how one service reflected on the value of connection with children and worked together to slow down and be present with children through meal times.

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Early bird rate extended!


Thanks to feedback from the sector, we have extended the ECA National Conference early bird registration to Friday 29 July! Register online today to secure your spot.

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Learning Hub subscriptions


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Effective communication


It benefits everyone, but it’s especially important when thinking about mental health and wellbeing. The Communications skills for educators Fact Sheet provides guidance for refining and embedding effective communication skills in practice.

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ECA Shop: EOFY sale


Don’t miss out on our End of Financial Year sale with 10% off a range of quality-assured ECEC resources until 30 June 2022. Shop now

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