The latest in early childhood news...

In this issue...fresh calls to put children and young people at the centre of Australia’s pathway out of the pandemic; the Australian Labor Party announces its proposed Early Years Strategy; the World Forum Foundation is looking for the next generation of early childhood leaders; and Thrive by Five releases its Early Years COVID-19 Plan. Women and Leadership Australia is offering leadership scholarships to the early childhood sector; Starting Blocks publishes early childhood resources for families translated into many languages; and a climate call to action is delivered to world leaders at COP26 on behalf of the world’s young children.
Find the latest in state and territory news, and scroll down to read what ECA teams have been doing. 


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ECEC COVID pathways


UNICEF and the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) have issued an urgent call to the federal government to refocus Australia’s pathway out of the COVID-19 pandemic on the needs of children and young people. Read all about it here.
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Early Years Strategy 


On Monday (8 November) Labor announced, if elected, the party will develop and implement a whole-of-government Early Years Strategy, aimed to create ‘a new integrated, holistic, whole-of-government approach to the early years’. 

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Early childhood leaders


The World Forum Foundation is looking for the next generation of early childhood leaders to participate in its Global Leaders for Young Children program. The program focuses on improving life chances for young people by developing early childhood leaders who can become effective change agents and advocates for quality early childhood development. If you’re interested, or know someone who might be, click here.
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Early years COVID plan


Thrive by Five has called on the federal government to endorse its Early Years COVID-19 Plan. The plan includes immediate actions and long-term goals to ensure early childhood educators and children are supported. Click here to learn more.

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Leadership scholarships


To encourage more women to step into leadership roles across the education, training and development sector, Women and Leadership Australia is offering partial scholarships for its leadership development courses. The training courses support women at all levels of their career. Apply by Wednesday 15 December and find out more here.
Educator and child looking at gum leaves

New translated resources


Starting Blocks has created a selection of translated early childhood education and care resources for families. Popular resources such as Choosing a quality service and Understanding the National Quality Standard are now accessible in Arabic, Chinese Simplified, Hindi, Korean, Punjabi and Vietnamese.

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Our climate is our children's future


ARNEC, the Early Childhood Development Action Network, UNICEF and Save the Children have launched the Global Call to Action: Our climate is our children’s future. This global call to action urges world leaders at COP26 to protect the youngest children across the world and make them visible in the climate crisis response.

In state and territory news...


The Northern Territory has released a new publication, Story of Our Children and Young People. The publication paints the picture of the wellbeing of children and young people living in the territory.
In NSW, ABSec and Aboriginal Legal Service are calling for reforms to the NSW child protection system. Also, as of last Wednesday (3 November), fully vaccinated parents and carers are allowed on school sites across the state to support their children with Kindergarten orientation.
In Victoria, registrations for the 2021 Walk Against Family Violence (WAFV2021) are now open. The event will take place across Victoria on Thursday 25 November to raise awareness as participants walk in solidarity with victim–survivors of family violence and violence against women.


The Spoke

New on The Spoke


Dr Claire Blewitt writes about the upcoming 2022 AJEC Research Symposium and encourages colleagues from different early childhood disciplines, including education, social work, psychology and health, to register.

Be you and Beyond Blue

Be You and Quality Area 5


The social and emotional learning that comes with positive relationships will promote the lifelong mental health and wellbeing of children and young people. Watch our Quality Area 5 video here.

Learning Hub

Engaging with digital documentation


This three-part series takes learners on a journey through multiple perspectives – the child and family, the educator and the leadership team – to consider how best to implement documentation through a digital medium.

Conference 2022

Applications to present now open!


The ECA National Conference, Passion to power: Our future profession, will be held in Canberra from 5–8 October 2022. You can now submit your applications to present until Monday 13 December. Find out more and apply here.


Keynote speakers announced!


Professor Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Professor Grace Sarra are the keynote speakers for the 2022 AJEC Research Symposium, being held online on 10–11 February 2022. Find out more and book your ticket now.

2022 Planners

ECA Shop: 2022 Planners 


Start fresh in 2022 with the perfect planner for your room or service—made for educators, designed by children! Choose from six covers, with each planner featuring learning tips linked to the EYLF and stickers to mark important dates. Purchase it here.

Everyday Learning Series

Everyday Learning Series 

The newest Everyday Learning Series title, Making infant and toddler learning visible: Stories of change, is available for purchase now. Investigate how infants and toddlers become independent thinkers and learners. Get your copy today!


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