Making news this fortnight...


Early Childhood Australia (ECA) survey seeks sector input ahead of Jobs and Skills Summit; Workforce Census results released; National Teacher Workforce Action Plan underway; South Australia (SA) appoints autism minister in Australian-first; 2022 Little Scientists Early STEM Awards announced; NDIS shares early childhood early intervention (ECEI) update; new article reports the importance of strong parent–educator relationships; and a new international study on preschoolers’ performance in school published.


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


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Your voice matters: Jobs and Skills Summit survey


ECA’s CEO, Sam Page, will be at the Jobs and Skills Summit to represent the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector. If you are an ECEC professional, take this short survey and have your say on the current workforce issues impacting the sector. Learn more.

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Workforce census report released


The Department of Education has published Early Childhood Education and Care National Workforce Census results. The report includes information such as service usage; children with disability; access to preschool programs; and staff information, including demographics, qualifications, wages and qualifications they are currently pursuing. Access here.

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Teacher workforce action plan underway 


Australia’s education ministers commit to developing a National Teacher Workforce Action Plan to increase the number of people entering and remaining in the profession—an outcome of the recent Teachers’ Workforce Roundtable. Learn more.

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SA appoints Autism Minister


The SA Government has appointed Emily Bourke as Assistant Minister for Autism—the first portfolio of its kind in Australia. In her new role, Ms Bourke will set up the Autism Education Advisory Group and focus on implementing autism inclusion strategies, particularly in schools. Read more.

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Celebrating educators in STEM


The national and state and territory winners of the 2022 Little Scientists Early STEM Awards have been announced, acknowledging their work to spark an early love of science in children. View the winners’ list here.

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NDIS shares ECEI update


The NDIS has shared its annual update on its early childhood approach. The update includes the organisation’s achievements since the last update and recommendations of what they plan to achieve by end of 2023. Details here.

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Parent–educator relationships


Limited interactions during pick-ups and drop-offs during COVID changed how parents interacted with educators. In this article from The Conversation, early childhood education researchers share why it is important to have strong parent–educator relationships and how to keep them going even in a pandemic.

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Preschoolers’ vocabulary skills and school success


A new international study shows children who enter preschool with good vocabulary, attention skills and inhibitory control are more engaged in school compared to their peers. Read the research article here.

State and territory news




Applications are open for the Future of Education Equity Fund. The support includes a one-off, annual payment to low-income families to help cover the costs of education expenses such as school uniforms, school excursions, sport equipment and activities and music lessons. Apply now.


Canberra's first AEIOU early intervention centre to support children with autism celebrated its official inauguration. The centre currently has capacity to provide specialised care and therapies for up to 40 children with autism, aged two to six years. Read more.



The Aboriginal early childhood program, Getting on Track in Time, has received a $2.7 million financial boost to continue its highly successful work. Details here.


To reward and retain excellent teachers in NSW, Minister for Education and Early Learning, the Hon Sarah Mitchell, considers plans to introduce new and higher paid roles for outstanding teachers. Learn more.


The NSW Government has committed to 25,000 fee-free training places to strengthen the pipeline of skilled and job-ready early childhood educators for the ECEC sector. Details here.



The SA Government, in partnership with the Caring Futures Institute (CFI) of Flinders University and Playgroup SA, is trialing two 18-month pilot programs to expand the reach of free child development checks. Read more.



RMIT is hosting a free interactive exhibition titled Children's Sensorium: Art, play and mindfulness for a post-pandemic recovery. The exhibition connects children to the local Kulin Country and introduces strategies and techniques that support emotional resilience and wellbeing. Details here.



The West Australian Government has introduced significant changes to the Working with Children Checks to strengthen legislation and better protect children from potential harm. Learn more.


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ECA Shop: Resource to support mindfulness


Sometimes it's hard to feel happy, but with this interactive picture book, children breathe along as they learn how to make angry or sad thoughts disappear. Buy here.

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National Conference virtual tickets selling fast


If you are thinking about attending the 2022 ECA National Conference, there is still time to purchase a virtual pass from $385. It gives you access to more than 100 sessions and an on-demand library for 60 days after the conference. Book your virtual ticket today!

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Plan your Early Learning Matters Week


Early Learning Matters Week is back for its fifth year from 17 to 21 October 2022. This year we celebrate the theme of ‘Learning through play’. Visit the Early Learning Matters website here to access resources to help you plan and get involved.

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Children as agents for action


Explore children's agency in their environment, mindful leadership, prioritising our wellbeing, celebrating our sector, and more in this new edition of Every Child magazine, available now.

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New on The Spoke


In this piece, author Darren Halim talks about how his service engages in their 'bush kinder' program and the importance of getting children interested in the outdoors.

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A unique learning experience


ECA Communities of Practice are built on the idea that action research is a powerful tool for learning and quality improvement. Elevate your professional learning with these 10-week courses designed for early childhood professionals. Sign up here.

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Risk and protective factors


Throughout anybody's life course there are a range of influences and events—both positive and negative—that impact an individual's mental health. To explore risk and protective factors, start Be You's Understand module.

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