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The latest in early childhood news...


Making news this fortnight...Consent Education is to be added to the Australian Curriculum from 2023; the Australian Government launches the new Starting Blocks website; and Advocacy group Thrive By Five releases its 2022–23 Budget Submission. Principals and foundation teachers are encouraged to complete a survey for the Victorian Department of Education and Training; submissions are open for the 2022 Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants; and don't forget to apply for the Little Scientists Early STEM Award. 


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


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Consent Education


Acting federal Education Minister Stuart Robert has confirmed that education on consent will be made mandatory in all Australian schools, with younger students being taught about seeking permission and respectful relationships. Read more in this ABC News article.

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Starting blocks website


The Australian Government has launched the new StartingBlocks.gov.au website, on which families can find early childhood services and view their vacancies, costs, quality ratings and inclusions all in one place. And learn more about upcoming changes to the Child Care Subsidy here.

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Thrive By Five Budget Submission


Advocacy group Thrive By Five have submitted its 2022–2023 budget submission to the Commonwealth government. The submission includes four main recommendations around early childhood funding, educator pay and paid parental leave. Read the full submission here.

Foundation teachers survey


Principals and Foundation teachers are invited to take part in a survey about their recent experience with the Victorian Department of Education and Training’s online Transition Learning and Development Statement and other tools used to share information when children transition to school. The survey closes on Monday 14 March; complete it here.


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Sustainability Grants


Do you have an upcoming sustainability project? Applications are open for the 2022 Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants and early childhood education and care services are encouraged to apply. Read the joint media release with Early Childhood Australia here. And click here to learn more about the program.

Quirky curious features


The Little Scientists Early STEM Award recognises early childhood services and educators who have successfully implemented inquiry-based learning and child-led STEM exploration. The award is open to all Australian early childhood services wishing to showcase an inquiry-based STEM project and individual educators demonstrating their dedication to STEM. Apply here.

In state and territory news...


In Tasmania, Roger Jaensch has been appointed as the state’s new Education Minister.


The Western Australian government has signed a preschool funding agreement to help more than 130,000 children in the year school.


In Victoria, an accelerated Diploma in Educational Studies (Tertiary Preparation) is now available at the Australian Catholic University; learn more about it here.


In Queensland, early childhood education and care services are calling for more support from the state government.


As states and territories across Australia look to implement, or have already implemented Child Safe Standards, it’s important to also understand what’s expected of your organisation, how to comply with the standards and what you can learn from states who have already done this. Join the Strengthening Child Safe Organisations Conference running virtually on the 6th & 7th April 2022, to learn how to lead a child safe culture within your organisation. Use code ECA at checkout to save $100 off current ticket rates.

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New on The Spoke


We spoke to HESTA about their climate transition plan and explored why climate change matters in early childhood. And a Canberra service shares how they maintained relationships with children and families through remote learning.


ECA Awards


We’re excited to announce that the Barbara Creaser and Doctoral Thesis ECA Awards are now open for nominations and applications. Winners will be announced at the 2022 ECA National Conference.

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Working with families


When children see warm relationships between their family and educators, they feel secure, accepted and confident. Be You’s Partner and Assist modules have strategies you can use to establish and maintain partnerships with families. 

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Pause and ponder


New to the ECA Shop, this resource offers individuals or teams an interactive journal to encourage critical reflection and deeper understanding around current practice.

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Environments for learning


Dr Luke Touhill looks at the physical learning environment and the importance of setting up a well-organised indoor space.

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The latest Research in Practice Series title by Leanne Gibbs highlights the need for reconceptualising leadership as a practice and how to cultivate leadership-as-practice in early childhood settings.

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