In this month's newsletter, we explore transitions into your service and into school. You’ll find practical ideas to support your work, a great case study from New South Wales, and sample letters for new children and families at your service.
The remaining five workshops are scheduled to be held in May in SA, WA and NT. The Department of Education and Training in partnership with Shared Path Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation have delivered workshops in QLD, TAS, NSW, VIC and ACT which have reached over 1000 Early Childhood and Child Care educators as well as many other community stakeholders.
On 13 February 2017, Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training, announced changes to the National Quality Framework intended to strengthen quality in early childhood education and care while at the same time reducing red tape for the sector.
Applications are now open for the 2017 Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) program. ELLA is a fun, digital, play-based language learning program for children in preschool. It helps children to become more comfortable with different languages early in life so that they can stay engaged with learning languages in later years. Choose from Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, Italian, Indonesian, Japanese or Spanish.
If you live in North Queensland and have an interest in improving the cultural competence in your service, you can sign up now for the next round of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander early learning engagement workshops coming to Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton and Bundaberg in late October to early November.
Want to improve your cultural competence? The Australian Government Department of Education and Training is supporting 31 free one-day 'Start 'em Early' workshops across Australia, to assist services with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander early learning engagement.