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.
The week of 27 May to 3 June 2016 is National Reconciliation Week, which commences with the anniversary of the 1967 Referendum in which Australia agreed to include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the census, and ends with the anniversary of Mabo Day 1992, when the High Court of Australia recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a special relationship to the land.
National Reconciliation Week is a good time to start planning for National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day on 4 August 2016. This is a day for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families to celebrate the strengths and culture of their children as well as for the wider community to show their support for Aboriginal children and learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.
KidsMatter Early Childhood is a national initiative focusing on children’s mental health and wellbeing in education and care services. KidsMatter is inviting educators to support their service to become an official KidsMatter Early Childhood service.
The Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) has developed a webcast following their national workshops. The webcast is presented by ACECQA’s National Education Leader, Rhonda Livingstone, and is designed to support educators who attended the workshops to run the session in their service or would like an insight into the workshop.